Trad­ing hours wel­comed

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

COCK­BURN Gate­way has em­braced an ex­tra 50 trad­ing hours in the lead-up to Christ­mas.

From De­cem­ber 5, gen­eral re­tail stores will be al­lowed to open from 7am on week­days, with ma­jor re­tail­ers also hav­ing the op­tion to open from 7am on Satur­days and 8am on Sun­days and close at 6pm on week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days. The ex­tra hours will run un­til Jan­uary 3, with the State Gov­ern­ment also ap­prov­ing ex­tended trad­ing for Australia Day.

Per­ron Group prop­erty in­vest­ments gen­eral man­ager An­drew Byars said the ex­tra hours were a pos­i­tive for both shop­pers and re­tail­ers.

“Cock­burn Gate­way Shop­ping City sup­ports dereg­u­la­tion of trad­ing hours to pro­vide our cus­tomers with more choices as to when they can shop,” he said.

“It’s a pos­i­tive for re­tail­ers, giv­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to open when cus­tomers would like to shop. If fur­ther dereg­u­lated shop­ping hours are in­tro­duced, the cen­tre will be open for all pos­si­ble trad­ing hours.

“We see it as a pos­i­tive for work­ing fam­i­lies and busy peo­ple, giv­ing them ex­tra time to shop.”

Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (CCI) of Western Australia chief ex­ec­u­tive Dei­dre Will­mott said WA’s re­tail trad­ing laws needed to be fully dereg­u­lated. “We know that shop­pers rel­ish the op­por­tu­nity to get their Christ­mas gifts and hol­i­day bar­gains dur­ing the sea­son’s ex­tended shop­ping hours, par­tic­u­larly on Sun­day morn­ings, and this is an op­por­tu­nity which CCI thinks should be af­forded to con­sumers and busi­nesses through­out the rest of the year,” she said.

“What Western Aus­tralians re­ally want this Christ­mas is for some­one to set shop­ping free – WA still has Australia’s worst re­tail trad­ing laws, with con­sumers and busi­nesses caught up in bizarre and an­ti­quated rules about when they can shop and what they can buy.

Pic­ture: Martin Kin­nealey d428350

Pos­i­tives: Ex­tra trad­ing hours will ben­e­fit ev­ery­one.

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