Longer Sunday Trading: RIP Day of Rest?

The Ashton Review of Shops Extra: A fillup for the local economy or the end of the weekend as we know it?

Bargain Buys opening day, Ashton-under-Lyne: checkout queues
Opening day scenes at Bargain Buys, Ashton-under-Lyne in December 2013. Could longer Sunday hours increase footfall?

Announced prior to George Osborne’s Emergency Budget, the Conservative government is considering the notion of longer Sunday trading hours. At present in England and Wales, superstores and department stores can only open for six hours on the Christian sabbath. In Tameside, usually 10am to 4pm. Convenience stores can open for longer hours hence the superstore chains’ investment in smaller shops.

In a special report, The Ashton Review of Shops looks at the ramifications of longer Sunday trading hours.

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