Tesco to close all Express stores early this Sunday so staff can watch England in Euro 2024 final

A bold move.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 11th July 2024

Tesco is to close all of its Express stores early this Sunday so staff can watch England in the final of the Euros.

After Gareth Southgate‘s Three Lions squad successfully secured their place in the final of European football‘s flagship tournament last night, the supermarket retailer was quick to announce its intentions of shutting up shop early especially for the highly-anticipated sporting event in just a couple of days time.

England are to face Spain in the final of UEFA Euro 2024 this Sunday night (14 July), following a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in last night’s semi final.

A penalty scored by captain Harry Kane in the first half, and a dramatic winning goal by Aston Villa’s star striker, Ollie Watkins, in the 89th minute was what lead England to the grand final in emphatic style.

It was merely minutes after Watkins found the back of the net, and the on-pitch, in-stadium, and UK-wide celebrations had died down, that Tesco hopped straight onto social media to let shoppers know that its Express stores throughout England would be operating on reduced hours and closing their doors earlier than normal on Sunday.


The supermarket retailer wasted no time at all following Ollie Watkins’ 89th-minute winner to hop onto social media and announce its reduced opening hours this Sunday. Read Tesco’s statement in full here

Wasting no time at all in sharing its intentions, Tesco wrote in a statement shared to Instagram: “It’s time. Time for another massive final. That’s why we’re giving our incredible colleagues the time they deserve to enjoy it by closing every Express store across England at 7:30pm on Sunday.


“It’s the least we can do after all their hard work. And come kick-off, England deserve every little bit of support.”

Tesco operates more than 1,800 Express stores across England, and these smaller convenience stores generally operate with closing hours of 10pm or 11pm – but this Sunday, with the Euros final set to kick off at 8pm, they will shut up shop at the earlier time of 7:30pm to allow employees to head home and cheer on the lads.

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


All staff in England stores will are to still receive their normal pay despite the reduced hours, Tesco has confirmed, and those employees who do not want to watch the football will also be paid as normal too.

As the final falls on a Sunday, the retailer’s larger stores in England will already be closed by the time the match kicks off, and Tesco has reassured shoppers that all stores nationwide will reopen as normal on Monday morning (15 July) – with the majority open from 6am or 7am.

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All online orders which have already been placed for Sunday evening will be honoured and delivered as normal, Tesco has also confirmed.

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