Sunday shopping arrives in Rocky
A NEW era has begun in Rockhampton.
With mixed opinions about seven-day trading still circulating, many stores around the city opened their doors on a Sunday for the first time yesterday.
For Jeannine Cox it came as the perfect opportunity to leave some of the kids with dad and escape to do the groceries in peace.
With five-year-old Jessica in the trolley kept busy with a free Coles balloon, Mrs Cox was all smiles yesterday.
“I’m heading home now after a quick grocery shop. My husband is at home so I could get out of the house without bringing all the kids. I can’t usually do that,” she said.
“I usually shop on Saturday, but Sunday will be handy to get things for the kids’ lunches.”
Stockland Rockhampton centre manager Brett Leonard said the first day of Sunday trading was a big hit.
He said customer traffic was strong and feedback had been very positive.
To celebrate yesterday Stockland Rockahmpton had face-painting for kids and a special win-a-washing-machine promotion, which will run for four Sundays.
Mathers Shoes shop assistant Jessica Davis was also run off her feet yesterday.
The first customer for the day was 12-year-old Kaitlyn Jones, who needed some new school shoes.
Her mum Venetta Jones said yesterday’s opening was very convenient for her.
“From my point of view I like the idea of Sunday shopping, but I do feel sorry for those who have to work,” she said.
“On Saturday I’m usually doing stuff at home so to know it’s open on Sunday is excellent.
“Today I’m only here for school shoes and groceries.”
Miss Davis said when it came to sales yesterday the store had gone well over budget.
She said it had been consistently busy, but nothing compared to the traffic usually seen on Saturday trading.
The Sunday shopping even dragged a non-believer into the centre yesterday.
Nicole Kelly has always been against Sunday trading as she believes it should be a family day.
But yesterday she needed a birthday present for her brother, so she nipped to Stockland Rockhampton because of its convenience.
Meanwhile independent fashion store owner Tracey Andrews was beaming from a successful day’s trading.
Despite all the big stores opening, she said Evolution CQ at the Red Hill Centre had people lining up outside its door before it opened yesterday.
“At one time we had 90 people in the shop and all the comments from shoppers were so positive,” Mrs Andrews said.
“The Sunday trading didn’t affect us due to local support – people really got behind us yesterday.”