Sunday shopping is new in town
THIS weekend will be the last time Gympie shopping centres will stay closed on Sunday, with seven-day trading scheduled to come into effect as of next Monday, August 6.
Many other stores, especially national chain stores, will open alongside all of Gympie's supermarkets and in Mary St next Sunday, but a number of small independent stores are expected to stay closed because opening would be unviable for them.
Other stores will not open for the full shopping hours of 9am-6pm, but will trial opening for four or six hours.
In Maryborough and Bundaberg, where seven- day trading came in earlier this year, Sunday trading was linked to a sharp drop in the July unemployment figures.
Federal member for Hinkler Paul Neville said the extra day of trade in those two cities could have bumped up part-time positions, as well as extra cash pumped into the region ahead of the carbon tax introduction.
The Queensland Industrial Relations Commission decided on June 14 to allow seven day trading in Gympie, despite strong opposition from independent retailers, backed by Gympie Regional Council.
Smaller retailers said they had been unable to raise the $10,000 needed for the United Retail Federation to speak against the move at the Gympie hearings.
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