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B&Q applies to open on Sundays

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DIY store B&Q has applied to open on Sundays under Jersey’s new trading legislation.

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In October, the States Assembly voted 29 to 17 in favour of allowing stores larger than 700sq m to open on Sundays. Waitrose supermarkets and the Co-op Grand Marchés in St Peter and St Helier are now opening seven days a week.

B&Q on Queen’s Road has now applied for a licence to open on Sundays between 10am and 4pm.

The company said in a statement: ‘We can confirm B&Q Jersey has made an application to open on Sundays following the new Sunday Trading Laws and is currently awaiting a decision from Jersey licensing.’

Under the new rules, businesses have to seek a permit to allow them to open between 10am and 4pm on all normal Sundays – excluding Christmas Day or Boxing Day – as well as Good Friday and Liberation Day. The permits cost £120 a year and expire on 31 December.

Following the vote, the JEP contacted stores but the majority 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.

Jack Maguire

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