Sunday trading welcomed by West Australians
Perth's commercial retail property dwellers are reaping the economic benefits of extended ...
Perth's commercial retail property dwellers are reaping the economic benefits of extended trading, with Sunday now becoming the busiest day of the week for shop owners.
Western Australian commerce minister Simon O'Brien said the government's decision to allow retail stores to open their doors on Sunday had been welcomed by shoppers and local business.
"Sunday trading has only been in operation for three months but, on average, 20,000 shoppers are visiting each of the major centres on Sunday," the minister explained.
"Hour for hour, Sunday has become the busiest shopping day of the week."
Reforms to the Retail Trading Hours Act made in August mean that all general retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area, including supermarkets and department stores, are able to open on Sundays between 11:00am and 17:00pm, as well as on most public holidays.
Increased trading has not only meant more business for retailers, but it has also helped to generate more jobs for West Australians.
"It is estimated 1,000 casual jobs have been created under the Liberal-National government's introduction of Sunday trading," Mr O'Brien added.