Drakes IGA forced to cut trading hours again

DRAKES IGA stores in Toolooa and Sun Valley have been forced to again slash their trading hours by up to 10 hours every week.

The move follows an inquiry launched by the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission in November.

The inquiry found the Drakes chain had been operating at extended hours for a number of years.

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The stores were forced to cut their trading hours in November, but a week later were granted an exemption.

The exemption came with stringent conditions.

Drake's IGA general manager Bob Song said at the time the disruption to trading had been caused by an oversight on his behalf.

"When we took over the business we continued to trade as usual," he said.

"It has been pointed out to us that we were not complying with the requirements of state legislation."

Drakes IGA has reportedly failed to meet the conditions placed on it, meaning the business is classified under the same umbrella as supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles.

The number of employees and customers present in the store at any given time has resulted in chain exceeding its status as an independent retail chain.

The stores are now open Monday to Friday 8am-9pm, Saturday 8am-5pm and Sunday 9am-6pm.

The Calliope IGA isn't affected by the change.



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