More shops open Sunday at Rose City
THE arrival of Sunday trading to Rose City Shoppingworld has welcomed another store to the fray.
Rose City Premium Meats has started trading on Sundays, and owner/director Peter Wright said it was about testing the waters.
"We wanted to explore our options and see how it would go,” Mr Wright said.
"We were in talks with other stores in this part of the centre about the possibility of us opening on Sundays.
"It's encouraging to have been able to offer the service to customers over the past month.”
Mr Wright said customer opinion played a big role in the decision to open the doors on Sundays.
"We've been asking customers and some told us they would take advantage of the more leisurely Sunday trade,” he said.
"In the lead-up to Christmas we thought we would try it and, at this point in time, we will continue it.
"Last Sunday was a very busy day for us, and there has been a constant flow of traffic on the other Sundays as well.
"As more shops open, people will continue to come down here.”
Rose City Shoppingworld centre manager Jason Gard said Christmas would mark a busier time for the centre.
"More than half of the stores in the centre are open every Sunday,” Mr Gard said.
"It's definitely encouraging for so many stores to try it.
"We're heading into peak trading as we roll in Christmas and it's up to businesses if they want to trade on Sundays during this time.
"If they don't want to in different stages of the year, they don't have to.
"It's something they can be flexible with.”
Mr Gard said the response to trading so far had been positive from both customers and retailers.
"It started strong and has continued to be strong,” he said.
"A lot of tenants tried and have continued it.
"It shows the community was looking for the opportunity and have embraced it.
"It has also been good for visitors coming into town, and brings more dollars into the Warwick economy.”