Lidl to make major change to all stores opening hours next week

Lidl has more than 960 stores across the UK and is loved by many for being a cheaper option compared to other major UK supermarkets.

The budget retailer has championed its staff in its latest move, which will see all of its stores open later than usual from next week.

As the country gears up for the highly-anticipated 2024 European Football Championship final this weekend, Lidl GB has confirmed that it will open later than usual on Monday, July 15.

Regardless of the match outcome, all stores on home soil will keep their doors locked for an extra hour.

It means that some sites will not welcome customers until 9am, rather than the typical time of 8am (Monday to Saturday).

Ryan McDonnell, CEO of Lidl GB, said: “We know how much this game means to England fans, and we want to ensure that our colleagues have the chance to celebrate such a significant moment in English football history.

“We couldn’t achieve our goals without our colleagues, so in recognition of their hard work and dedication, this move will allow them to join in the excitement and show support for the England team, and we wish them the best of luck for the big game.”

Scotland and Wales stores will open as normal and regular hours for England stores will resume the following day on Tuesday (July 16).

It should be noted that opening times vary from store to store, so shoppers are encouraged to check their nearest Lidl hours via its online locator.

The news of Lidl’s reduced opening hours follows that of Tesco, which announced that it will close its Express stores in England early on Sunday for the Euro 2024 final.

Its 1,800 Express stores will close at 7:30pm instead of the usual 10pm or 11pm to allow employees to watch the final involving England. Regardless of the match outcome, it’s a win-win for employees who will receive their normal pay for the hours not worked, and those who choose not to watch the match also benefit from the time off.

All stores are expected to 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 for any pre-match supplies.

All online orders already placed for Sunday evening will be honoured and delivered as normal, though stores in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will not benefit from the time off, and instead continue to remain open in line with their usual hours on Sunday.

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