ALDI will be shutting up shop on Boxing Day to give workers a rest over the Christmas period.

The supermarket chain announced it will be closing its stores on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, in a move praised by shoppers.

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It comes after a debate on whether stores should stay open on Boxing Day or not in order to give employees more time with their families.

Local Berkshire:

Aldi will be shut on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

It is not currently confirmed whether all stores in Bracknell, Wokingham and Reading will be closed on Boxing Day.

Full-time Aldi employees get 28 days paid holiday a year, which includes the eight UK bank holidays.

Store assistants currently earn a minimum of £9.10 an hour, while this goes up to £10.55 for workers in London.

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A petition on Change.org has reached more than 100,000 signatures calling for shops to stop opening on Boxing Day to let people have time off.

Home Bargains was praised for closing on Boxing Day to give staff time with families as they posted on social media to say: “To all our staff: Thank you for all your hard work once again this year.

Many people in Bracknell think like the rest of the UK that shops should be shut so staff can spend time with their families.

One person said: "Shops only open because the general public go shopping. The only way to encourage shops not to open is for everyone to stay home and not shop."