Kingaroy Shoppingworld hours shift
KINGAROY Shoppingworld retailers hope a change to Saturday trading hours will stimulate a weekend trading boost.
From Monday, all stores will have to remain open until 4pm every Saturday.
Wendy's Kingaroy owner Marian Petersen said she hoped the extended hours would encourage customers to come in after noon on Saturday.
"We usually close at 2.30pm at the moment, it's very quiet after 2pm," Ms Petersen said.
"The biggest problem is that shops close at random hours after 12 and people think the centre is not open.
"People love to shop out of town. This will give them more of a chance to shop locally."
The centre will also close at 7pm on Thursdays and open from 9am Monday to Saturday.
Centre manager Karen Dennis said a ballot of retailers in the centre was held, with most voting for the amended hours.
Ms Dennis said the changes were well overdue.
"The centre's had the same trading hours in place for 25 years," she said.
Ms Dennis said feedback from shoppers made it clear they wanted change but she said the real push came from the retailers.
"Previously we've had one closing at 12pm on a Saturday, one closing at 1pm and one at 3pm," she said.
"When we've got five or six shops closed at 12pm on Saturday, it gives the overall impression we're about to close, that's not the impression we want to give.
"We wanted some consistency through the centre."
Flamingo Wish owner Jenny Trevaskis said she expected the extended trading hours on Saturday to meet the growing demand from shoppers.
"If we want people to shop here in Kingaroy and not go out of town, then we have to make the change," Ms Trevaskis said.
Ms Dennis said the changes would offer "more streamlined trading hours" in line with other shopping centres across Queensland.
"Hopefully now customers won't feel they have to go out of town to shop," she said.
"It'll benefit people who aren't able to get down to the shops on weekdays."
Ms Trevaskis said she expected the change to benefit the whole centre.
"We've been working on such an ad hoc basis, so to have some continuity between us will bring in even more trade," she said.
- The Kingaroy Shoppingworld will start at 9am Monday - Saturday.
- The centre will close at 7pm Thursdays.
- All shops will trade until 4pm on Saturday.