Customers’ thumbs up to Sunday shopping as trial starts
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.”