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England's manager Gareth Southgate celebrates at the end of a semifinal against Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. England won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

England’s manager Gareth Southgate celebrates at the end of a semifinal against Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Dortmund, Germany, Wednesday, July 10, 2024. England won the game 2-1. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) (Thanassis Stavrakis, Associated Press)

Tesco’s (TSCO.L) Express stores in England will close early on Sunday to allow employees to watch the Euro 2024 final, following England’s triumph over the Netherlands in the semi-final.

The UK’s largest supermarket chain revealed that more than 1,800 Express stores will shut at 7:30pm, rather than the usual 10pm or 11pm.

This decision will allow thousands of Tesco employees to either head home or join friends at local pubs to witness the Three Lions face-off against Spain in Berlin. The match is scheduled for 8pm on Sunday, marking a significant moment as the England men’s team vies for their first major tournament victory since the 1966 World Cup.

Tesco has assured its staff that they will receive their regular pay for the hours lost due to the early closure. Employees who choose not to watch the match will also be compensated as usual. The retailer’s larger stores in England, which typically close earlier on Sundays, will not be affected by this change and will reopen the following morning at their regular hours, typically between 6am and 7am.

Kevin Tindall, managing director of UK stores at Tesco, said ahead of the semi-finals:

“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 reassured customers that its stores would remain open as usual during the day on Sunday, allowing ample time for pre-match shopping. Additionally, all online orders scheduled for Sunday evening will be fulfilled as planned. Stores in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland will continue to operate according to their regular hours.

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