Tesco, Coopt and Liddell supermarkets have announced changes to opening hours this weekend so staff can watch the Euro final.
All eyes will be on the England team this Sunday night when they play Italy at Wembley Stadium and they will be kicked off at 8 pm.
Coop has announced that it will close its 2,034 stores in England at 7.45pm on Sunday night – as usual at 10pm or around 11pm. Mirror reports.
Tesco says its 1,600 express branches will do the same.
After that, the stores will reopen as usual on Monday morning, usually from 6 am to 7 am. Most of the shops will be open.
However, a supermarket has vowed to lie to staff if the Three Lions claim victory in the final.
Liddell says its 700 stores in England will open late Monday morning, giving staff more time to recover from the match if England wins.
But if Italy wins, the shops will open at 8 a.m. on a regular basis.
Iceland, meanwhile, has said there will be no more home delivery after 7pm on Sunday, giving its delivery drivers time to get home for the match.
The supermarket is also urging its store managers to reopen later Monday morning, and has scheduled all unnecessary meetings for head office staff.
The kick-off will start at 8pm and will end around 10pm if the game does not come in extra time and penalty, in which case it could be around 11pm.
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Chris Whitefield, COOP’s chief operating officer, said: “We all hope ‘football is coming,’ but our stores in England will definitely be back home as we join the rest of the nation in their support Closing soon to allow to happen.
“We appreciate what this means for many of our storemates and we want them to be able to celebrate at home with family and friends.”
“Sunday’s final is a huge opportunity in history, so if England wins, we have decided to delay opening our stores by an hour,” said Christian Hertangel, CEO of Liddell GB.
“At Liddell, the reason for our success is the work of our people and our team, which is why we want our team to celebrate a little longer if the England team brings him back home.”