Shop around the clock
A WOOL WORTHS store in Brisbane is set to start trading 24 hours a day.
It will be the first time a major supermarket in Queensland will skirt state rules limiting round-the-clock trading to small corner stores and petrol stations.
It is only possible because the Airport Drive shopping centre is built on Federal land leased by BAC, granting it exclusion from state restrictions.
Do you think we need 24-hour supermarkets?
Yes, it’s a one-off, but I can see it being the catalyst for an argument by some retailers to deregulate trading hours in the state by proving there is demand for 24-7 grocery shopping.
But where does that leave our smaller retailers who can’t afford to compete against the big guns with increased wages and electricity bills, for example?
We could fairly confidently say this sort of trading is a long way off for us here in the regional parts of the state, but do you think we need 24-hour supermarkets anywhere in Queensland? A Queensland Competition Authority report in March on red tape reduction initiatives identified trading-hour restrictions as one of 10 “fast-track reform” priorities for the Newman Government, estimating it could add an extra $200 million a year to the economy.
Spar, IGA and Friendly Grocers have already vowed to fight any push for relaxed trading hours.
I know at least to get me buying my groceries at 3am, they’d need to turn the temperature up in the cold section a few degrees.