Assistant manager Brittany McConnell says there's positives to extended trading hours in Queensland.
Assistant manager Brittany McConnell says there's positives to extended trading hours in Queensland. Zhanae Conway-Dodd

Central Queensland shops are set to open their doors longer

BRITTANY McConnell knows how the rush of retail works like the back of her hand and says extended trading hours will help to steady the flow of customers.

The Rockhampton assistant manager of Madhouse discount store is one of many who will be affected by the changes to Queensland opening hours which were announced on Tuesday in parliament.

The changes will reduce Queensland's complex network of 99 retail trading zones down to six.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced more standardised trading hours across the state as part of the government's implementation of the Mickel Report into trading hours.

The reforms will see Sunday trading standardised across Queensland with towns that currently do not have Sunday trading able to opt in.

Outside south-east Queensland trading hours will now be 7am-9pm Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm on Saturday, and 9am-6pm on Sundays and most public holidays.

The only difference in the south-east corner is that Saturday trading hours will extend to 9pm.

Brittany said she saw the changes as positive ones, as customers had a tendency to shop early in the mornings and late in the afternoons.

"We tend to be busier when we open because people want to get their shopping done before the day gets started so they can get other things done which will be great,” the retail worker said.

"It is more of an opportunity for people who work nine to five jobs to have a chance to shop and I think we will see more of a rush because we do get heavy traffic at the start of the day and at the end of the day when we are trying to shut.

"However opening earlier for the people working in retail will probably be the hardest part but it will be good for business and trade.”

Brittany said she could definitely see the positives from a customers perspective as extended trading hours would allow her more time to shop, especially with her work roster.

"Myself as a customer, I like to get stuff done early in the day so I can relax and have the rest of the day to do other stuff.”

"Or if it's late, sometimes I want ice cream at the end of the night and no where's open, so it's going to be great to have somewhere to go,” she laughed.

Brittany said it was important to get the balance right to ensure both workers and customers were happy when it came to trading hours.

"Everyday would be going a bit too far, maybe a couple of days open a bit earlier and later but not every single day of the week,” she said.

"Having the option there would be good but don't go overboard, you need to balance the output and input of the business.”



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