Geraldton Sunday shoppers split over retail trading hours

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
The Geraldton Guardian asked for a few opinions from Sunday shoppers at Northgate Shopping Centre.
Camera IconThe Geraldton Guardian asked for a few opinions from Sunday shoppers at Northgate Shopping Centre. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Sunday shoppers have given deregulated trading a mixed review, with some arguing it’s great for convenience and others saying it’s bad for business.

The Geraldton Guardian visited Northgate Shopping Centre on Sunday, October 7, to canvas some public opinion and found Coles — though far from bursting at the seams — was peppered with consumers at about 3pm.

One worker at a nearby empty music and entertainment store gave Sunday trading a thumbs down, saying not enough people frequented the store to make being open worthwhile.

“It’s too inconsistent,” she said.

“It’ll be worth it about a quarter of the time and the rest of the time it won’t be, especially by the time we pay the wages.

“I don’t really shop on Sundays or at night during the week, even on Thursdays.

“I’d be happy for it to be over.”

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Another retail staffer at a Northgate video game shop said he enjoyed shopping on Sundays and on weeknights because it was convenient.

When pressed why he wouldn’t shop at a local IGA — a few of which have always been open on Sundays and until 9pm on weeknights — he said he believed shopping there made for a bigger grocery bill. “They’re too expensive,” he said.

“But it’s also about going wherever is closer.”

Coles customers also flagged distance as a factor in where they chose to shop, with one man saying he used to be a loyal Rigters IGA customer until he moved to Wandina, making Woolworths Seacrest the more convenient location.

One customer said he had been shopping almost every Sunday since the law was relaxed last October, though he normally shopped at Glenfield IGA because it was closer to home.

A staff member at a Northgate cafe said she disliked deregulation because she had to work most Sundays and she rarely shopped on Sundays or weeknights.

A man who used to work in trading said he believed deregulation was not required in Geraldton.

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