George St Foodworks owner Phill Hardiman.
George St Foodworks owner Phill Hardiman. ALLAN REINIKKA

Rocky set for Sunday trading

ROCKHAMPTON independent grocery store owner Phill Hardiman is as ready as he will be to cop a hammering tomorrow when the retail giants open their doors for the first time.

Rockhampton’s big shopping centres are gearing up for Sunday trading, but Mr Hardiman says it won’t stop his business being strong for long.

“We will cop a bit of a hammering at first like we did when Stockland (redevelopment) first opened,” Mr Hardiman said.

Late last year the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission approved a National Retailers Association application for extended trading hours.

It was the result of a six-month battle fuelled by anguish and praise from local businesses and community members splitting the city.

The Rockhampton Regional Council originally voted for the extended trade, however it later backflipped and vowed to have no opinion on the matter by taking a neutral stance.

Stockland Rockhampton manager Brett Leonard said they were gearing up for the big day and shoppers could look forward to almost a full range of shops open on Sundays with more than 80% of stores extending their trade.

And there are plenty of bargains in store for shoppers.

Mr Leonard said there were only a couple of specialty stores as well as banks and services not trading tomorrow.

National retailers like Woolworths, Big W and Target will be open from 9am to 6pm on Sundays, while other retailers, including independent stores at Stockland Rockhampton, City Centre Plaza, Allenstown and Northside Plaza, will have the choice to trade on Sundays (see factbox).

Mr Leonard said the food court at Stockland would be closed on Sundays for the next three months while the current upgrades took place.

It is currently undergoing an extensive change to accommodate a further five new retailers to the mix, planned for completion by the end of April, 2010.

To celebrate Sunday trading at Stockland, there will be face painting for the kids, balloons, and entertainment and shoppers could win one of four 9.5kg Simpson washing machines by spending $10 tomorrow, thanks to Retravision.

There are Sunday bargains right across Rockhampton including:

10% off at Coles Rockhampton and Rockhampton North

Huge discounts on cameras, laptops and printers at Harvey Norman

Big air-conditioning discounts at Joyce Mayne

40% off dinner sets at Target

Save $5/kg on a leg of lamb at Woolworths.

See other fabulous bargains throughout today’s Morning Bulletin.

While Sunday is the biggest day for smaller businesses, Mr Hardiman, the owner of FoodWorks on George Street, said they weren’t worried about losing their customers.

SUNDAY TRADING HOURS

Stockland Rockhampton

Centre: 10am-4pm

Coles and Woolworths: 9am-6pm

Kmart and BIG W: 9am-5pm

City Centre Plaza

Target and Coles: 9am-6pm

Specialty stores: Open from 10am

Allenstown Plaza

Woolworths: 9am-6pm

Northside Plaza

Woolworths: 9am-6pm

Specialty store trading hours at each centre vary and some are not opening.



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