News

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."

Topics:  extended trading hours, gladstone, retail, shopping, trading hours




UPDATE: 'Haulage crane' to lift rolled semi-trailer in Gladstone region

A Semi-trailer has rolled over on the Dawson Hwy.

A SEMI-TRAILER “carrying metal and wood” has rolled over.

Gladstone drink drivers named and shamed

Police reveal the names of drink drivers caught on Gladstone roads.

Police reveal the names of drink drivers caught on Gladstone roads

Local business loses to out-of-town company in 'buy local' test

UNDER DISCUSSION: Agnes Water will get five new signs outlining the rules of surfing, especially for backpackers.

THE LOCAL business charged nearly double what the other company did.

Latest deals and offers

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles