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Supermarket to close stores early so staff can watch Euro final

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A supermarket chain is closing some of its stores early on Sunday evening so staff can watch the Euro 2020 final.

Co-operative branches belonging to the Southern Co-op group will be closing at 7.45pm, giving employees time to make it home to watch England take on Italy.

Southern Co-op operates around 200 stores in total, including 10 in the Bristol area.

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The Co-op shops run by Southern Co-op are: North Street in Bedminster, Redcliffe Street in the city centre, Wells Road in Totterdown, Whiteladies Road in Clifton, Ashley Down Road in Bishopston, Church Road in St George, Druid Hill in Stoke Bishop, Two Mile Hill Road in Kingswood and Memorial Road in Hanham.

Co-operative stores not owned by Southern Co-op will not be closing early for the footy, however.

Simon Eastwood, Chief Operating Officer for Retail at Southern Co-op, said: “The excitement has been building over the last few weeks in our stores and across the nation.

“So many of us are going to be glued to our screens on Sunday so it was only right for us to close our doors a few hours early and let our colleagues join in if they want to.

“Our colleagues continue to do us proud everyday so this is another way of saying thank you.”

Posters have been attached to the doors of the stores that are closing early letting customers know that their opening hours are different to usual.

The posters read: “It’s coming home, so we’re going home… at 7.45pm on Sunday.

“Our colleagues deserve some time off to watch the final so we’re closing all of our stores early. Thank you for your understanding.”

England reached the final of Euro 2020 – their first major final since winning the World Cup in 1966 – after a tense 2-1 win against Denmark on Wednesday evening.

A full list of Southern Co-op branches can be found on Southern Co-op’s website.

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