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Should Extended Sunday Shopping Hours Be Permanent?

Tuesday August 14 2012

SHOPS were given a temporary extension to their Sunday opening times during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Many stayed open while as late as 8pm on Sundays, extending trading hours in some areas by up to four hours.

The debate over whether to loosen Sunday trading restrictions has reared its head again now with many campaigning for the extension to become permanent.

Under the legislation, shops can open for a maximum of six hours on a Sunday, and only between the hours of 10am and 6pm but, during the games, they can open when they want.

What do you think? Should shops be allowed to trade freely on Sundays or is it a day of rest that should be left alone? 

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Reply Posted by shaun on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 17:02
Yes yes and yes... sunday is the only day i go shopping, it would be fantastic if i could get it out of the way early.. And that old chestnut about destroying corner shops rubbish..

Reply Posted by Lauren on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 17:04
No thy shouldn't, I work in a supermarket it's bad enough having to work weekends and sacrifice time with family but it's even worse having to work longer hours and getting zero appreciation for doing so. To be fair it also costing the companies more or staff and electricity than what they probably even make!

Reply Posted by andrea on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 17:07
no shops should not stay open any longer to be honest they shouldnt be open at all on a sunday, every government that has come in to power has preached family values and all they have done is allow sunday opening and now extended opening times there is no need for it shops are open enough for people to spend their hard earned cash. Sundays used to be family day does any one still manage to have this ???

Reply Posted by tony heath on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 17:09
yes its just another day

Reply Posted by Fatmick on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 17:17
Definitely extend Sunday shopping hours. There's nowt worse than coming to make your tea Sunday evening to realise you're missing that vital ingredient, but all the shops are shut! If folk don't want to shop on Sunday but spend time with their family instead, go for it - I'll be doing that too, but no harm in having shops open and available. Like Tony said - Sunday is just another day. For a lot of people who work full time, or in some cases work more than one job, a little extra available shopping time would be much appreciated!

Reply Posted by Lauren on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 17:21
By the way that's what corner shops are for!

Reply Posted by Andrew on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 17:31
It's stupid they should never have extended them in the first place ,
I work in retail and its made little or no difference in profit

Reply Posted by alison on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 18:01
No its the only day we get to spend with kids n partners n there even trying to take that away from us its discusting, n if ur on a high street like we are its rubbish no one comes in to buy, its the centres that get people n even then should stick to normal sunday trading hours as retail assistants have lives too.

Reply Posted by rob on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 08:09
you can have that time with your kids i do ,SO DONT GO TO THE SHOP ON SUNDAYS

Reply Posted by jackie on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 18:15
no !!!! its bad enugh i have to work on sunday but to extend the hours as well ,you have 6 days to shop ,think of us workers that have no choice in working sundays .

Reply Posted by c on Tuesday August 14 2012 at 19:47
Yes they should. Sunday is a horrible day of the wk. Stuff religion!

Reply Posted by Rebecca on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 08:07
I work in a supermarket, and regardless of whether I did or not I think it's an awful idea! shops are open from 7am Monday to 10pm Saturday and then on a Sunday aswell, if people haven't got the time to go shopping within that time then quite frankly it can't be necessary to go! Sunday's supposed to be a day of rest, and a day to spend with the family! in Europe most shops arent allowed to open at all on a Sunday! This is why the country is as it is, if more people were to spend more time with their families then maybe they would respect others a little more!

Reply Posted by rob on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 08:14
All i can say to the wingin people iz ,wish i had a job to go to anyday ov the week so think yourself luky u ungratefull LOT pack your job in and give it to me plz

Reply Posted by John on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 08:39
Well said Rob, Sunday day of rest, only if you have that imaginary friend that tells you to go to the big house on Sundays. 24/7 bring it on. If you don't wanna shop on Sundays don't shop, in the words of several meerkats.. Simples...

Reply Posted by rob on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 08:56
we do our big shop on a sunday morning first thing ,then we have ALL DAY with the kids wots wrong in that , like u said John Simples ?

Reply Posted by rob on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 09:04
I can remember b4 we had sunday shoping and people saying wish i had got everything yesterday from the supermarket cos THE CORNER SHOP IZ 2DEA , how people 4get

Reply Posted by Dave on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 10:39
its not about religion for me its about attrition, if this goes ahead then we'll see the same argument about Christmas day!

Reply Posted by Alice on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 11:30
I like the idea of later hours on Sunday I work in the week and dont have time to get a bus to go shopping when I get back home so the weekend is my only time.

Reply Posted by Caroline on Wednesday August 15 2012 at 12:12
I have a Job where you have no choice in the matter but to work Sundays, So I think extending hours of opening to 6pm is fine, as some people don't get a day off in the week so they only get to shop on a sunday,

Reply Posted by Brian on Thursday August 16 2012 at 16:30
shut up whingeing you get paid for Sunday don't you no one asking you to work 7 days a week 7am to 7pm i work 12hour shifts sunday i can be on days or nights or off even if you dont want to shop and have a family day out or just spend time with kids then do so freedom of choice and if you want to go to church go but stop me from shopping and and i have the rite to stop you from worshiping

Reply Posted by l on Friday August 17 2012 at 17:36
i think they should shut all day sunday why not have a day of rest i remember when shops never opened on a sunday other than corner shops we are not going to die if the shops dont open for one day and if you freak out cause there shut one day u need help

Reply Posted by mel on Friday August 17 2012 at 17:39
i think it should be up to the business themselves to make the decision, at the end of the day it is the business that has to pay out for the staff and overheads and to everyone who says no as they work in retail should consider weather or not thats the job for them as at some point or another this will happen in our life time. As much as i do agree about spending more time with family, but sacrifices do have to be made in order to put money in the pocket.....

Reply Posted by m on Friday August 17 2012 at 17:41
no way... sunday shoppin till 4 is long enuff .....i work in retail ....we dont want longer/later hours ....

Reply Posted by kathryn on Friday August 17 2012 at 17:41
No I don't think they should I mean think about it isn't Sunday a day of rest yet we still go in and do a 9 hour shift I work at b&q and I havnt got much time to myself since im working from either 7 in morn till 9 at night. I feel sorry for people who have to do this when they could be going out with their families or that they miss out on most of their kids child hood coz there at work. Just give us some slack eh

Reply Posted by The Tyke on Friday August 17 2012 at 17:42
Whichever way people look at this, there's always going to be arguments on every side of the fence. Whether it's religion, family, people unhappy with working more on a Sunday, convenience factors etc. etc. etc... we're all going to go on about it. Everybody will have their reasons for and against it. Everybody's got their beliefs, and everybody has their opinions on it all. Is there really a need to bicker more and more about it all? Stop acting like children and actually debate it with reasoning instead of fighting over it.

For those saying YES - I can understand your reasoning; convenience like a normal week's shopping day especially if you're working up to say 5pm, some would say there's a li'l more work for them and would be happy, some would even welcome the chance to at least not rush around when it gets to around 4pm and you're thinking "feck, gonna be too late here". Fair play.

For those saying NO - understandably, there may be some thinking about the social aspect and family side of things - and the selection of people who would even have their religious beliefs. Some may even hate working the dreaded Sunday shift - we've surely all been there once in a while before.

C'mon though folks... let's keep it civil. Do we want Tarn to be a proud place where things can prosper or do we want to run it into the ground with constant belittling of others over the smallest of things?

Reply Posted by jen on Friday August 17 2012 at 17:44
I work in retail and hate the fact that even after a slow 5 hours the last hour turns into trolley rage ...
I work Sundays purely for the generous pay. I would protest at longer working hours.

Reply Posted by lee on Friday August 17 2012 at 17:58
Our building has bin rubbish after 4pm, but im not sure anyone is really pushing the advertising, from the high managers to the shop floor staff no one wants to be there after 4pm. Most local shops shut at lunchtime sunday so staying open isnt hurting them. But unless you work in retail your never gonna be on our side of the debate. we already work hard as hell over the christmas period what aboit if the holidays are scrapped and its justa working week for everyone. just have christmas day as a Bank holiday then the country goes back to work next day as normal, youll soon all be spitting the dummy out. talking about the.good old days. Just be carefull what you wish for

Reply Posted by carol on Friday August 17 2012 at 22:44
shops are open 24 hrs now if thats not enough hrs then there something up people havent got the money shut them on a sunday

Reply Posted by greenginger on Saturday August 18 2012 at 16:36
@ the guy asking for everyone else's jobs. A word of advice, no one will employ anyone who spells so badly and uses improper grammar not to mention such a bad attitude.
@ the man who wants to shop not worship, sad very sad.
BTW have you noticed how many men on here want to go shopping? Of course it is usually the women who have to work in shops on Sundays for rubbish pay and then go home to make dinner isn't it?

Reply Posted by George on Saturday August 18 2012 at 19:15
So you think it's the woman who work and make dinner do you?

I do everything in the house, including cooking. My wife does the shopping, and takes kids I school.

At the end of the day, I grew up with the rule of everyone should pull their weight, regardless of gender. And for you to state this is totally sexist.

As for Sunday trading hours, who actually cares. We do our shopping during the week, and there is online shopping, so why we need longer hours on a Sunday is actually beyond me.

You would actually think, with online shopping and mobile apps to order, that they would cut down on the opening hours, not increase them. The more cost involved to keep shops open with loads of staff, compared to less with delivery options would be more cost effective.

Reply Posted by Stuart on Saturday August 18 2012 at 19:18
It should be about freedom of choice. If you work in retail as I do then Sunday should be optional overtime and not contracted. If the shops want to open longer then they should have the option. If people want to go to church instead of shopping then that should be ok but neither should tell the others what they should do.

Reply Posted by donnio on Saturday August 18 2012 at 19:18
i think its a great idea, id get more time with my kids and shop while they sleep and my hubby gets a five min break!

plus if i do forget something i currently have to pay stupid money at corner shop for half the quality, they never stock wholemeal/ whole grain n its all nasty happy shopper stuff, they dont sell fresh produce only manky old potaoes n scabby onions i would expect an animal to eat let alone a child.

we eat a wide range of food poduce like chick peas, lentil etc, all i can get is baked bean at the local shop!

need i continue! u get the point! open sundays and once customers are aware of this the shops will fill with people.

Reply Posted by John on Saturday August 18 2012 at 19:21
@greenginger why is it sad not to worship on Sundays, I suppose you are wanting to force that on people who don't believe? Us who want to shop on Sundays are not telling worshippers to stop worshipping. So you can't the shoppers to stop shopping.

Day of rest? Vicars work n Sunday's, tell them Tom have a day off, turnoff the TVs stop the busses, trains planes power stations, Internet, mobile phones and petrol stations. Stop the seaside traders trading, the donkeys giving rides.

Then tell me how much time your kids want to spend with you.

Shops are open because demand says they are.

Reply Posted by anon on Sunday August 19 2012 at 12:54
I work in a betting shop and somedays would end up doing a 12 hour shift on a sunday and people are complaining about being open 2 extra hours. Days off for me are family days no matter where they fall

Reply Posted by greenginger on Sunday August 19 2012 at 22:53
@John, I am not religious at all but if you look at other people, many families are and they do hold that Sunday is a religious day. Should we just ignore that? The demand for shops opening on Sundays is because of convenience and laziness. They are open long enough already. You can go to 24 hour garages and supermarkets from Monday to 10pm on Saturday evenings.
@George you are too easy mate ....... I actually believe in equality, real equality unlike most. I was pulling your chain. I actually feel for the people male or female who are forced by their employers to work extra hours for no extra money. In these difficult fiscal times, anyone who refuses to work on Sundays will be discreetly let go. Is a few extra hours, wasting money on extra staffing and extra lighting etc worth the wants of a minority?

Reply Posted by david on Monday August 20 2012 at 19:26
i think that as long as staff could say no to working, then why not open for longer hours. it would suit alot of people if they could go shopping on sunday. As for me,i only have the same amount of money to spend. it does not matter if shops were open 24/7 or only 8 hours a day 5 days a week. some staff would welcome the extra income to help them out.

Reply Posted by Wendy on Sunday September 9 2012 at 08:38
Kids these days have sat jobs so why not give them Sunday jobs where possible give them some money something to do and most of the usual workforce could still have Sunday off.This countries work force want to do as little as possible for as much as possible and they should take a leaf out of other countries work ethic.It should be about choice and I choose Sunday 9am-6pm!

Reply Posted by nigel on Wednesday September 26 2012 at 06:13
Kids should not be working, they are kids for a reason. They will have the opportunity to work later in life if they choose to

Reply Posted by Nigel on Wednesday September 26 2012 at 06:12
Sunday is not the sabbath...Saturday is the Sabbath where no work should be done at all! I have refused to work Saturdays because of this

Reply Posted by paula on Tuesday July 7 2015 at 11:12
OMG shops are already open 7 days a week people who work in retail need family time the boring ones who said yes get a life go to the gym, park, swimming, beach, bbq even do up your gardens get a hobbie and shops are open 6 hours on a sunday why do they need to extend it!