Busi­ness in sync on re­tail trial date

Midwest Times - - TIMES NEWS - Zoe Keenan

Some re­tail­ers and the Mid West Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try have called for a unan­i­mous start date for the ex­tended trad­ing trial in Ger­ald­ton.

The trial was ap­proved by Min­is­ter for Com­merce Bill John­ston on Septem­ber 20 and is yet to be pub­lished in the Gov­ern­ment gazette to ap­prove the le­gal start date.

MWCCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Glen Whistler-Carr said most busi­nesses would need time to pre­pare ros­ters and there­fore might not be able to start on the le­gal date.

“The cham­ber would like a unan­i­mous date for busi­nesses to start the trial so they all have ad­e­quate time to pre­pare,” he said. City of Greater Ger­ald­ton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City would like to have a co­or­di­nated start date but it could not dic­tate if a busi­ness opened or not.

“We be­lieve the hours will be gazetted some­time next week, which will tell us the le­gal start date, but we’re hav­ing dis­cus­sions with re­tail­ers and stake­hold­ers to get a co-or­di­nated date that will al­low busi­nesses to pre­pare,” he said.

“As a lo­cal gov­ern­ment it’s our job to get ap­proval for the trial, which we’ve done, but it’s not our job to hold off the start of the trial.

“It’s ul­ti­mately up to the re­tail­ers if they have a co-or­di­nated date to­gether or not. We can help fa­cil­i­tate that, but can’t force it.”

Rigter’s Su­per­mar­ket Group op­er­a­tions man­ager Stu­art Bain said the busi­ness was un­der the im­pres­sion from the MWCCI the City had agreed to al­low busi­nesses six weeks to pre­pare.

“We were re­ly­ing on that six weeks — ev­ery busi­ness is dif­fer­ent but for us we have to give staff a min­i­mum two-four weeks for changes to ros­ters,” he said.

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