Tesco Express stores to close early on Sunday for England Euro 2024 final

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Tesco said the move would allow thousands of colleagues to get home or to the pub in time for kick-off

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Temi Laleye

By Temi Laleye


Published: 11/07/2024

- 08:48

Tesco said the move would allow thousands of colleagues to get home or to the pub in time for kick-off

Tesco has announced more than 1,800 Express stores will close at 7.30pm instead of the usual 10pm or 11pm to allow employees to watch the Euro's 2024 final involving England.


Their Express stores in England will close early on Sunday as the Three Lions won their semi-final against the Netherlands.

Thousands of Tesco employees can get home or to the pub in time for kick-off, while still receiving their normal pay for those hours.

The employees who do not want to watch the match will be also paid as normal.

England will face Spain in Berlin at 8pm on Sunday for a chance to become the first England men’s team to win a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

Because the match falls on a Sunday, the retailer’s larger stores in England will already be closed by the time the match kicks off.

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All stores would then reopen as normal the following morning, with the majority from 6am or 7am.

Tesco reassured customers that stores would still be open as normal during the daytime on Sunday, so they can stock up on any essential pre-match supplies.

All online orders already placed for Sunday evening would be honoured and delivered as normal.

Stores in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would continue to remain open in line with their usual hours.

Tesco’s managing director of UK stores, Kevin Tindall, said: “We will be cheering on the Three Lions tonight against the Netherlands and hope they reach a second successive Euros final.

“We appreciate just how much this would mean to so many of our colleagues, and we want them to be able to celebrate with their family and friends.

“So, if we make it through to the final, we will close our stores across England in time for them to get behind Gareth Southgate and the team, and we’ll all be hoping that football will be coming home.”

Tesco shoppers can use their Clubcard to secure money off any groceries they purchase instore or online.

The supermarket has also partnered with OVO to offer new and existing customers Clubcard points worth £25, which customers can double.

When Tesco customers switch to OVO Energy, they can get 2,500 Clubcard points to spend in-store.

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These Clubcard points are worth £25 but customers can double their value to £50 if they redeem them with a Tesco “Reward Partner”.

There are over 100 Clubcard Reward Partners that offer a variety of rewards such as family days out, discounts at popular restaurant chains, and many fun experiences.

Some partners available include Cineworld, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park and Zizzi.

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