Tesco, Lidl and Co-op closing at 7.45pm on Sunday in opening hours shake-up

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Tesco Express, Lidl and Co-op will all adjust their opening hours in England on Sunday so that their workers can enjoy the huge game. Customers have since praised the news on social media.

England’s 1,600 Tesco Express stores will close at 7.45pm on Sunday evening ahead of the game.

This is compared to the usual midnight, so that the workers can watch the game.

Kick off between England and Italy is set to be at 8pm.

Meanwhile, Co-op has said its 2,034 food stores across England would also be closing early.

Co-op supermarkets will be closing at 7.45pm on Sunday and the 24-hour petrol stations will close at 7.45, reopening after the game at 11pm.

Chris Whitfield, Co-op’s chief operating officer said: “We appreciate just how much this means to our store colleagues and we want them to be able to celebrate at home with their family and friends.”

Discounter supermarket Lidl has said it will be changing its opening times on Monday if England win the Euros.

If the country wins the match between Italy, all stores will be opening an hour later.

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The company said: “Shoppers and staff alike are likely to appreciate a Lidl extra time first thing.”

Christian Härtnagel, CEO at Lidl GB, commented: “Sunday’s final marks a huge occasion in history so, if England are victorious, we have decided to delay our stores opening by one hour.

“At Lidl, the reason for our success is our people and our teamwork, which is why we want our teams to be able to celebrate for a little longer if the England team bring it home.”

Supermarket shoppers have also expressed their hope that other food stores will follow in Tesco, Lidl and Co-op’s footsteps.

One person tweeted: “This is amazing news, although I hope supermarkets aren’t too busy during the rest of the day.”

Another said: “All I need now is Monday to be a bank holiday!”

A third wrote: “Maybe other supermarkets will also make this change, allowing staff to go home during this period of time, who will plan on going shopping when the game is on away?”

Boris Johnson has also updated pub closing times across the UK due to the match.

Pubs in England can stay open until 11.15pm on Sunday.

The match will be over by 10pm if settled in normal time but if there is extra time or if it goes to penalties, it could be closer to 11pm.

The change will allow football fans to stay in pubs for the whole duration of the match.

To celebrate the game, Asda recently announced its new operation ‘It Asda Be Coming Home’ which sees food and drink items available for customers at a bargain price.

Asda’s new online curry bundle allows customers to pick up a meal for just £6.

The Detroit pizza is also half price and the supermarket is allowing colleagues to swap their shifts if they wish to watch the final.

An Asda spokesperson said: “Operation ‘It Asda Be Coming Home’ has been a tactic we’ve been planning for a while and, following Wednesday’s heroics, it’s now kicked off.

“Colleagues who want to substitute a shift are able to organise this with their team and extra bangers, burgers and booze are being delivered to stores in anticipation for a sales surge.

“We’re prepared, the England boys are prepared, hopefully our customers are prepared – it’s coming home!”

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