Lidl To Close Stores Early If England Reach The World Cup Final

Sunday is the day. Sunday is the day. Sunday is the day. For what, you ask? But you already know the answer - football's coming home. Obviously, England will have to get past Croatia tomorrow first, but the way Gareth Southgate's LADs have been playing, it should be a shoe in.

Anyway, following the news that Aldi will close early, Lidl have followed suit and announced that if - sorry, when - England make it through to the final on Sunday, they'll be closing the doors to all their shops an hour early.

That means you'll have to get any last minute treats for the inevitable celebration by 3pm, and hour before the game's 4pm kickoff.

But its stores will also be opening an hour early on Sunday, at 9.30, so if you already have plans for the afternoon - because, let's face it, the whole of England has already made plans for Sunday afternoon - then you can grab any leftover essentials in the morning.

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Credit: PA

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Credit: PA

Really, though, it's news that's going to be welcomed most by those Lidl staff members who were on the rota to work Sunday. Imagine if - sorry, when - England win and you're stuck behind a cash register unable to watch that most monumental of moments.

It'd be even more galling because you know that nobody is going to be out shopping for food at that time, either. They're all going to be glued to a screen somewhere watching Harry Kane and co trounce whoever they're going to be facing.

The CEO of Lidl UK, Christian Härtnagel (he's German, by the way - bad luck, mate) said: "As the official supermarket of the England Football team, we absolutely believe it's coming home, which is why we are planning to close stores an hour early, and take part in what we hope will become a day of national celebration."

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Too right. It also makes sense for him and the other company bigwigs , though - imagine how people would calling in sick if they were open for their normal hours.

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Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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