Test­ing the waters with the grad­ual in­tro­duc­tion of Sun­day trad­ing hours

Burton Mail - - Bygones - By STEPHEN SINFIELD [email protected]­i­tymir­ror.com 01283 245011 @mail­re­mem­bers

IN the early 1990s, Sun­day trad­ing was more of a heated de­bate rather than re­al­ity.

It was not un­til 1994 that Sun­day trad­ing as we know it to­day came into force.

How­ever, in the years lead­ing up to the pass­ing of the Sun­day Trad­ing Act of 1994, many shops tem­po­rar­ily tri­alled Sun­day open­ing.

It was in the weeks be­fore Christ­mas in 1991 that many stores tested the de­mand for Sun­day open­ing with Bur­ton and Swadlin­cote’s Wool­worths stores both re­port­ing “a huge suc­cess”.

A spokesman for the Bur­ton Wool­worths store said: “We’ve had two bril­liant week­ends. It’s be­cause of peo­ple buy­ing last­minute gifts, choco­lates, mu­sic and videos.

“There’s no spe­cific Sun­day shop­per - it cov­ers ev­ery­body and we’ve had a very good De­cem­ber.”

Mean­while, Bur­ton’s Safe­way store re­ported that the fi­nal Sun­day be­fore Christ­mas was its busiest day.

A spokesman for the su­per­mar­ket said: “The Sun­day be­fore Christ­mas was the busiest of the four in De­cem­ber. It was very pop­u­lar and in­flu­enced by the near­ness of Christ­mas.

“We had 22 check­outs op­er­at­ing solidly for three hours at one point.”

The DIY chain B&Q had been open­ing on Sun­day for a num­ber of years and trade didn’t change in the run-up to Christ­mas.

A spokesman for the Bur­ton store said: “Trade was no bet­ter than nor­mal. We get it spread all year round but we do get a few peo­ple buy­ing presents.”

Alan Collinson, the area or­gan­iser of the shop­work­ers’ union USDAW pledged to con­tinue to fight against Sun­day trad­ing.

He said: “The only way to pro­tect shop­work­ers is to close on a Sun­day.”

He warned that soon many em­ploy­ers would fol­low the prece­dent set by Wool­worths with the store telling its staff that Sun­day was part of their con­trac­tual hours.

A no­tice on the win­dow of Bur­ton’s Tesco su­per­mar­ket stip­u­lates that it would open be­tween 10am un­til 4pm but could only sell beers, wines and spir­its be­tween the hours of noon and 3pm

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