Cus­tomers’ thumbs up to Sun­day shop­ping as trial starts

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Sev­eral Ger­ald­ton re­tail­ers opened their doors to cus­tomers on Sun­day at the start of the City of Greater Ger­ald­ton’s ex­tended trad­ing trial.

With the trial start date pub­lished in the Gov­ern­ment gazette on Fri­day, it be­came le­gal for busi­nesses to im­ple­ment ex­tended gen­eral re­tail trad­ing hours from Sun­day.

Sev­eral busi­nesses took part in the soft launch, with some shops at Ger­ald­ton North­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre and on Marine Ter­race open­ing their doors. The Ger­ald­ton Guardian spoke with shop­pers about their opin­ions on Sun­day trad­ing.

Clarissa Frater, who was at North­gate Shop­ping Cen­tre, said she be­lieved the trial had good and bad points.

“We work full-time, so it’s great to be able to come out as a fam­ily on Sun­day and do the shop­ping to­gether, be­cause it’s some­thing we might not get to do to­gether dur­ing the week,” she said.

“But on the other hand, I also work in re­tail, so I can un­der­stand why it might be hard for the peo­ple who have to work Sun­day. “It’s re­ally a catch-22.” The 12-month trial was given the tick of ap­proval by Min­is­ter for Com­merce and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions Bill Johnston late last month after the Ger­ald­ton City coun­cil passed the de­ci­sion unan­i­mously in Fe­bru­ary.

As part of the trial, busi­nesses will be able to trade from 8am-9pm Mon­day-Fri­day, from 8am-5pm on Satur­days, and from 11am-5pm on Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days ex­cept Christ­mas Day, Good Fri­day and An­zac Day. Diana Beaver said she be­lieved the op­tion for busi­nesses to trade on Sun­days was a good idea.

“When you’re so busy dur­ing the week, it’s good to be able to have that avail­abil­ity to be able to go out on Sun­day and do the shop­ping,” she said.

Other busi­nesses have opted to im­ple­ment the new hours when the City of­fi­cially launches its Ger­ald­ton is Open for Busi­ness cam­paign on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5. Mayor Shane Van Styn said it was great to see so many busi­nesses em­brac­ing the ex­tended hours.

“The com­mu­nity is buzzing now that we know many re­tail­ers will start to bring in the new open­ing hours,” he said.

“Some shops com­menced the new hours as early as Sun­day, with many other gen­eral re­tail­ers to fol­low in the com­ing weeks.

“The City will be do­ing an of­fi­cial launch on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5, on Marine Ter­race to cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion, and we hope every­one will join us.”

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