This is the heartwarming reason why Home Bargains in Derry will not be opening on St. Stephen's Day

Discount store giant, Home Bargains, has explained why it will be closing all stores - including the outlet on the Strand Road, Derry - on St. Stephen's Day.

Home Bargains announced all stores will be closed on St. Stephen's Day to allow staff to spend more time with their families.

The discount store giant made the announcement via social media.

The brand's official Twitter account reads: "To all our staff: thank you for all your hard work once again this year.

"All of stores will be closing on Boxing Day to ensure you are able to spend time with your friends and family.

"We hope you enjoy the Christmas holiday."

Home Bargains, Strand Road, Derry. (Photo: Google Street View)

Home Bargains, Strand Road, Derry. (Photo: Google Street View)

In the same tweet, Home Bargains addressed customers.

"To our customers: all of our stores will be closed on Boxing Day this year to ensure all of our hard working staff are able to enjoy the Christmas break.

"Our stores will reopen on December 27 - thank you for your understanding and support."

Home Bargains has 20 stores throughout the North, more than 500 throughout the UK and employees more than 22,000 people.