Warwick shoppers in demand
WITH Toowoomba about to enter into the fourth weekend of seven-day trade, businesses have looked to entice Rose City residents to plump up sales further north.
Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Geoff McDonald said the business body did not enter into the trade debate when Sunday trade was first mooted but the move had “brought with it a number of challenges”.
“We looked at it from an economic point of view, not from a social or religious impact,” Mr McDonald said. “But now that it's here, businesses have to look to the outer regions - like Warwick - to come to Toowoomba and shop.”
While the choice to open on Sunday is not compulsory under the move, Mr McDonald said large centre indicators showed Sunday sales equalled a typicalSaturday trade.
“It has spread the dollar over the seven days but businesses have noticed Monday to be quiet if they're open on Sunday.
“Time will tell, we've just got to live with it.”