Say no to Sunday trading call
WHEN Warwick business manager Allison Webster heard Toowoomba had been given the green light for Sunday trade, all she could think about was the loss of family time, fearing the Rose City would follow the Garden City’s lead.
The WorkinWear Warwick manager said rather than reactively flinging open the shop doors on Sundays, Warwick should take a pro-active stance and offer something more than a “rat race”.
“Sunday doesn’t mean more sales, it just spreads them out,” Ms Webster said.
“Even though there’s the concern people will go to Toowoomba, I refuse the seven-day trade.
“To me if Warwick had the guts to say ‘no’ to the rat race that seven-day (trade) would bring, we could promote the lazy Sunday. ”
Toowoomba will start seven-day trade on May 16, but Ms Webster warned people not to be lured by the dazzling lights of department stores.
“People from the Southern Downs need to support their community and local economy,” she said.
“Don’t spend the money driving away. If people shop elsewhere, we don’t get the business, which means jobs will go.
“Seven-day trade is a push by big and multi-national companies to push out private small businesses.
“I work full-time as well as being a mum, I want Sunday with my family and can’t afford to put another part-timer on.
“Warwick is a life-style rather than a shopping experience. We have so much to offer like church, markets and weekend sport.”
Southern Downs Regional Council economic development officer John Randall agreed there would be “social implications”.
“There are two sets of implications here – economical and social,” Mr Randall said.
“The size of the market hasn’t grown and Warwick is a society which is heavily involved in family and sport activities.
“Six months ago we surveyed the majority of Warwick retailers ... the results were a resounding ‘no’ to seven-day trade.”
Rose City Shoppingworld centre manager Jason Gard said seven-day trade on the Southern Downs was “inevitable”, but shops in the centre would not be forced to open if granted the extended trading day.