Extended hours to boost local business

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Shoppers and businesses in Albany are set to benefit from longer shopping hours over the summer as the City of Albany’s extended trading hours policy kicks in.

In the peak period from December 1-January 31, retailers have the opportunity to open their doors for longer than normal to maximise sales and strengthen the economy.

The Temporary/Short Term Adjustments to Extended Trading Hours policy allows stores to close at 9pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends.

City chief executive Andrew Sharpe said summer was Albany’s busiest period and a lucrative commercial opportunity for local businesses.

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“Albany has a large percentage of family-owned businesses and the Christmas-new year holidays is one of their most important retail periods of the year,” he said.

“Extending trading days and hours across this period ensures businesses can capitalise on the influx of visitors if they choose, and that our community provides a high level of service to those who are holidaying in our city.

“Buying local supports our local businesses and producers, and provides local jobs, too.

“Spending money in local shops ensures these small, locally owned and run shops can thrive and survive, and that’s important for our community and economy.”

Mr Sharpe said stores did not have to extend their hours if they did not want to.

“There is no clear mandate from community to change the current arrangements and the City will continue to apply council’s policy on temporary and short-term extended trading hours and implement longer trading hours where the policy permits,” he said.

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