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Shoppers have mixed feelings about longer trading hours

Fifty per cent of people who responded to The Observer's online poll believe shops already open long enough.
Fifty per cent of people who responded to The Observer's online poll believe shops already open long enough. Chrissy Harris

THERE are some shoppers who would love to see extended trading hours in Gladstone, but they're by no means in the majority.

An Observer online poll has revealed many people think shops are already open long enough.

Fifty per cent of respondents agreed with the idea that there were enough shopping hours in a week.

A total of 34% said extended trading hours were definitely needed and it was way past time they were implemented, while 15% said longer hours should only apply to supermarkets and bigger chain stores.

The Observer's Facebook likers also had mixed feelings.

Kathy Rigby said longer hours would be good for shift workers.

"At least they could still get the required amount of rest they needed and be able to get some shopping done without having to interrupt that rest period," she said.

However, Kylie Hall, who works in retail, said that while she loved her job, she wouldn't want to be working until midnight, and suggested businesses would have trouble finding staff to work late hours.

Shannon Bartlett said there were a lot of mums who could only work later hours after their husbands got home.

"They could do the later hours. Bring on later opening times, including Tannum/Boyne, if only for Woolies and Coles," she said.

Julie Dennien said if people couldn't get their shopping done in 13 hours a day Monday to Friday, and nine hours each Saturday and Sunday, they perhaps needed to look at their schedules.

"That's 83 hours in a week that the shops are open. Surely people can find an hour in there somewhere?" she said.

"I too work in retail and it's hard enough to get staff to cover those 83 hours, let alone midnight trading."

Sandra Hill agreed, saying it was all about planning.

"I can't see how this would be a viable option for businesses to be paying staff for those hours," she said.

"It is just going to spread the shoppers over longer hours, not get more shoppers."


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