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Journal poll shows significant support for longer Sunday trading

Posted on Thursday 20th December 2012 at 12:35 pm by SH (Editor)

Willow Brook Opening.

A reader poll conducted by the Bradley Stoke Journal has shown significant support for a change in the law to allow large stores to open longer on Sundays.

The news comes days before what is expected to be the busiest shopping Sunday for many years (23rd December) when large stores will be restricted to just six hours of trading, despite pleas from several supermarket groups for a one-off exception to be made.

The poll was started in the summer, at the beginning of the seven week period over which the Government relaxed Sunday trading rules around the time of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Of the 480 readers who voted in our poll, 233 (49%) said they would like large stores to be allowed to open as long as they liked on Sundays.

Slightly less than half that number, 110 (23%), indicated that they would like to see the current restriction of six hours trading retained.

Of the other options listed in the poll, 76 (16%) voted for keeping restrictions but extending the permitted hours and 61 (12%) said they would like to see large stores prevented from opening at all on Sundays.

Bradley Stoke’s Willow Brook Centre says the longer trading hours over the summer were popular with shoppers, who chose to visit later and in greater numbers on Sundays.

Centre Manager Scott Lahive told The Journal:

“Extended Sunday opening hours, whilst only temporary, did prove to be very successful. We saw customer numbers grow by 10% – 15% for the Sunday and did not see less activity on other days in the week.”

“The trading patterns for these six weeks provided an insight in to how customers really want to shop as customer numbers between the traditional hours of 10am– 4pm dropped 15% as customers chose to shop outside of this and later in the day.”

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Sunday trading rules relaxed for Olympic and Paralympic Games

Posted on Friday 27th July 2012 at 12:00 pm by SH (Editor)

London 2012 Olympics: Shop longer this Sunday.

Consumers in Bradley Stoke will be able to shop for longer on Sundays for the next seven weeks after the Government relaxed Sunday trading rules for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The change was announced in the 2012 Budget and it means that shops with a relevant floor area of more than 280 square metres will not be subject to current Sunday trading restrictions between 22nd July and 9th September.

The Tesco Extra store at the Willow Brook Centre, which is normally restricted to opening between 10am and 4pm on Sundays, will trade from 6am to midnight over the summer period.

Other town centre stores choosing to extend their opening hours include: Argos (10am – 5pm); Brantano (9am – 6pm); Card Factory (10am – 6pm); Costa Coffee (8:30am – 5pm); Greggs (9am – 5pm); Poundworld (9am – 6pm) and Shoe Zone (10am – 6pm).

Full details of opening times can be found on the Willow Brook Centre website.

The Government has given an assurance that retail workers will retain their right to opt-out of Sunday working but shop workers’ union Usdaw and the Keep Sunday Special campaign have warned that the suspension could set a precedent.

What do you think about Sunday trading laws? Leave a comment on this story and complete the Journal poll in the sidebar of the website to let us know.

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