More hours in the day to shop

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

SHOPPERS will have ex­tra time to find those last minute gifts with ex­tended shop­ping hours over the Christ­mas pe­riod. From Mon­day De­cem­ber 5, week­day trad­ing at the Bel­mont Fo­rum will be ex­tended one hour: gen­eral re­tail stores will open at 7am un­til Jan­uary 3. Com­merce Min­is­ter Michael Mischin said the open­ing up of re­tail trad­ing in Perth had proven to be very pop­u­lar with con­sumers and the re­tail in­dus­try. "The ex­tended hours are sim­i­lar to last year, ex­cept that shop­ping on Christ­mas Eve and New Year's Eve this year will end at 6pm be­cause they fall on a Satur­day, whereas shops were open un­til 9pm last year be­cause they fell on a Thurs­day,” he said. Ma­jor re­tail­ers will also open at 7am on Satur­days and 8am on Sun­days and pub­lic hol­i­days, and may stay open un­til 6pm on week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days. Ex­tended trad­ing hours have also been ap­proved for Aus­tralia Day 2017 with gen­eral re­tail al­lowed to open from 8am to 6pm. How­ever shops will shut at 6pm Christ­mas Eve with nearly all of Bel­mont closed on Christ­mas Day.

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