Small business slams Sunday trade

SHOPPERS may be keen to make the most of seven-day trading in Maryborough when it starts on Sunday, but the reaction from smaller retailers in the CBD is overwhelmingly negative.

A large portion of businesses raised concerns over the effects of the decision to allow major stores to operate on Sunday.

"We operate five and a half days a week, so Sunday trading will not be good for us as a business," Retravision manager Bryce Onions said.

"We've tried it before and it's simply not viable. A lot of people go up to Harvey Norman on weekends."

Prestige Jewellers manager Ann Robertson said she would consider trading on Sundays, but it was unlikely she would make the move due to additional costs.

"I still have to pay my staff, so another day operating will mean extra wages," she said.

A number of businesses have chosen to let things play out before making a decision about whether they will open.

"I will know after next Sunday (if we will implement Sunday trading)," Leading Edge manager Chris Moller said.

Other shopkeepers believed the town's population was not big enough to sustain Sunday trading and recoup the extra costs incurred by businesses.

"It won't be happening for us, it's just not worth it," EB Games spokeswoman Kimberley Probert said.

"Why would people come to us when they can just go into Station Square?"

Rillies Shoes manager Themy Pham is a firm believer in Sunday rest and although he maintains the move is a possibility, there was a low chance it would be implemented long-term.

Julianne Beck from clothing store Coconuts also said they would not be trading seven days a week.

"Being a family-owned and run business, we like to keep our Sundays free," she said.


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