HOME Bargains has shared a heartwarming reason why its Eastbourne store will be shut on Boxing Day.

The store at Langney Shopping Centre is massively popular.

Stores will close at the earlier time of 5pm on Christmas Eve so that all staff can be home in time for the Christmas Eve bell ringing at 6pm.

Once again, all stores will be closed on Boxing Day (December 26).

It says: “Whilst Boxing Day is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year, the family-run business wants its staff to make the most of the Christmas break and spend more time with loved ones over the festive period.”

Many members of staff will also see two weeks’ extra salary hit their bank accounts in November.

A spokesperson for Home Bargains said: “We want to recognise how hard our staff have worked throughout some very challenging times and allow them to relax and truly enjoy the break safely with their loved ones.”