Jersey's biggest stores will be allowed to open every Sunday
JERSEY'S largest shops will be allowed to open every Sunday of the year after politicians voted to change trading legislation.
A proposition tabled by Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham to allow shops over 700 square metres to open between 10am and 4pm on Sundays, Good Friday and Liberation Day was approved by 29 votes to 17 by States Members.
However, the majority of larger stores contacted by the JEP said they had no plans to start opening every Sunday. Ransoms, de Gruchy and Voisins were among those who said they would not open every Sunday. Waitrose said they would open, and the Co-op said it would open its Grand Marché stores.
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Smaller stores are already allowed to trade on Sundays.
The move for reform was not without opposition, with a number of States Members speaking out against it during a debate spanning two days.
The Dean, the Very Rev Mike Keirle, asked Members to reflect on how Sunday trading might impact on family life. But Senator Farnham said that times were changing and Jersey's trading rules should provide more choice in terms of when people can shop.
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