Seven day trade expands

SHOPPERS across the Lockyer Valley will have more places to get their groceries, with three large supermarkets granted permission to trade seven days a week.

The three stores, Coles in Gatton and Woolworths in Plainland and Fernvale will operate from 9am-6pm on Sundays from this weekend.

The stores will join the ranks of Supa IGA Gatton and Laidley, which have already been trading on Sundays for more than a year.

Lockyer Valley Mayor, Steve Jones, said another supermarket trading seven days a week was a double edged sword.

“Council made a decision a couple of months ago that it wouldn't go with seven day trading with the CBD family type businesses, this was after a lot of discussion with those businesses,” he said.

“The supermarkets are governed by a different body and are outside council control.

“Essentially the supermarkets are competing against each other, but there will be some effect on corner stores.

“That being said, less people will travel to Toowoomba and Ipswich on Sundays for their groceries.”

Cr Jones said some local businesses throughout the Lockyer Valley should embrace the weekend trading.

“This is a rural place and we would prefer some business owners have the Sunday off, however the catering and tourist type places might benefit from being open on a Sunday because there is more of a tourist trade coming through this area,” he said.

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