Sunday trading 'very encouraging' so far
SUNDAY trading at Kingaroy Shoppingworld has been "very encouraging” so far, according to centre manager Chris O'Rourke.
The centre has now been open for two Sundays in a row and will be open for another two weeks, up until Christmas Eve.
"Numbers improved from the first Sunday to the second Sunday,” Mr O'Rourke said.
"It's a good thing for Kingaroy residents to come down and shop as we've got the aircon on and Santa is here as well.”
Mr O'Rourke said he expected the centre would get even busier over the next two weeks.
"The busiest Sunday will be next week,” he said.
"Christmas Eve will be touch and go, but it's been very encouraging so far.”
Robinson's News and Gifts owner John Robinson said his shop, which is one of only a couple of stores in Shoppingworld to open every Sunday outside of Christmas trading, had experienced increased sales in the first week.
"It was always going to be busier when everyone else is going to be open instead of being the only one open,” Mr Robinson said. "People will come to have a look if the whole centre's open.
"From our side of things, we're happy to see others open on a Sunday as we are there on a Sunday anyway.”
Mr Robinson said he wasn't sure if permanent Sunday trading would be practical.
"It's mostly double time (pay) to open on a Sunday so, unless you're getting twice the turnover, you're going backwards,” he said.
"That's the biggest issue - if that wasn't the case, you'd find more willing to open. It will be a divisive thing until it's one way or another.”
Kingaroy Shoppingworld will open on Sundays, December 17 and 24. Major shops including Woolworths, Big W, and Best and Less will all be open.