Tesco changes opening hours at 1,800 stores so staff can watch Euro 2024 final

Tesco is shutting 1,800 stores early this Sunday
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Tesco has announced that it will be closing its stores early on Sunday, July 14, to allow staff to watch the Euro 2024 final between England and Spain.

England's team, led by Gareth Southgate, have achieved the remarkable feat of reaching their second consecutive Euros final, having defeated the Netherlands with a stunning goal from Ollie Watkins and a contentious penalty scored by Harry Kane.

In light of this, Tesco has decided to alter its opening hours for this coming Sunday. The usual closing times of 10pm or 11pm for Tesco Express stores in England will be brought forward to 7.30pm.

Due to Sunday trading laws, larger Tesco supermarkets are required to close by 4pm, so this change will only affect the smaller Tesco Express convenience stores, reports the Express.

Tesco has confirmed that over 1,800 of its Express shops will close at 7.30pm, enabling all its employees to watch the final. However, Tesco stores in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will maintain their normal opening hours.

Any online orders already placed for Sunday evening will be fulfilled and delivered as usual, but no additional orders will be accepted. Other supermarket chains such as Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's have not yet announced any changes to their opening hours this Sunday.

This news comes amidst chaos for retailers on Thursday morning, as card payments were failing and being rejected, forcing customers to resort to using cash.