Attention, Brisbane — there could be a whole lot more shopping in your future, thanks to a push to extend weekday and Saturday trading hours in the CBD.
Sprinting into the city on the weekend to get your shopping fix could be a thing of the past for those of us who work 9 to 5 jobs and are therefore cut off from some of our favorite stores during the week, thanks to a new push towards extended trading hours.
The National Retail Association (NRA) has this week addressed the Brisbane City Council on its application currently before the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission to harmonise trading hours across south east Queensland.
NRA CEO Trevor Evans said the move to unify 10 separate trading hours time zones between Noosa and Coolangatta and west to Ipswich would benefit the economy, create jobs and reduce the confusion on when shops can open.
“Currently, some residents in the south east, depending on where they live, get to shop on Saturday evenings, whereas others have the doors closed at 5pm sharp. This is an old rule that has not been reviewed in 20 years,” Mr Evans said.
“Our application to create a single south east Queensland zone for trading hours, where all stores would be able to open between 7 am and 9 pm on weekdays and Saturdays will provide more consistent access to stores especially shopping centres for residents and tourists across the region.
“This is all about choice for both shop owners and customers. No shops will be forced to open, rather those who do want to trade earlier or later, can.”
Mr Evans said if successful, the move would add $111 million to the Queensland economy, and drive the creation of 1000 new jobs.
“Young Queenslanders looking for work and those who already work in the retail industry will directly benefit from this move giving employers and store managers greater control over their own operations,” Mr Evans said.
“This is a win-win for business owners, customers, local jobs and the economy.”
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has since spoken out to media, saying he would support a push to extend weekday and Saturday trading hours in the CBD.
Cr Quirk said he wanted Brisbane to take advantage of the influx of new retailers who have moved in recently.
“In the CBD, I would be hoping we would see an extended opportunity for trading hours. It’s about tourism, it’s about the opportunities people have when they visit cities,” he said on Tuesday. “In terms of the CBD, they could be extended to any time. But it’s a question of what the market’s prepared to do.”
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