Shop around the clock

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

 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.

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