Sunday trading put to shop owners

SHOPPERS may soon be able to pick up a bargain or grab that must-have item in Mary Street on Sundays.

Gympie Toyworld’s Louisa Corbet told Mary Street retailers at the first Mary Street Retailers meeting in August she trialled Sunday trading before Christmas last year and did a roaring business.

While no formal decision was made, the idea to open on Sundays in Gympie’s CBD was put to shop owners at the second meeting on Tuesday night, and most business owners agreed it was a good idea.

Mrs Corbet’s Sunday sales were so successful she will start them again next month. However, some retailers don’t like the idea of working seven days a week.

Tuesday’s meeting, held at the Civic Centre, heard retailers could open up their businesses one Sunday a month for a market-type event and capitalise on other shops being closed on Sundays.

While in favour of the idea, which would keep more people shopping in town, Mrs Corbet said she would not like to see access to Mary Street restricted. “There are no parks as it is,” she said.

Mary Street Steering Committee member Mayor Ron Dyne said the committee thought a market-type day on Saturdays, when the street would be closed, could work, just as the Pre-Muster Party had drawn a large crowd.

And Gold Rush president Jan Collins is hoping retailers embrace the idea. At Tuesday’s meeting, she appealed for retailers to stay open for Gold Rush on Saturday, October 16.

“I appeal to you all to open your hearts and stores and be a part of Gold Rush,” she said.

Ms Collins said there would be a lot of people wandering around during the event and, if retailers would stay open, Gold Rush would help promote them.

She said the Gold Rush committee was trying its hardest to get people into the main street for the parade at 3pm. “The longer you can stay open we’ll all benefit.”

Ms Collins also encouraged traders to decorate their stores.

But the response from around the room was less than warm, with one retailer saying there wasn’t much point in competing with food and drink stalls, which open at Nelson Reserve from 10am on the day.

Gympie Times

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