A new consultation has been launched inviting Islanders to comment on a trial to allow larger stores to open on Sundays.
The consultation white paper has been issued by the Economic Development Department and proposes a change to current Sunday trading legislation allowing all businesses, regardless of size, to open for a trial period of eighteen months.
Most Jersey shops can already open on Sundays except those which are larger than 700m². This has been the case since 2011 when the law was changed to allow all shops below a certain size to trade on Sundays. The decision was made following public consultation and responses to the Jersey Annual Social Survey which both demonstrated support for a relaxation of the Sunday trading rules.
Economic Development Minister Senator Alan Maclean said that three years on the economic environment had changed enormously. “The retail industry in Jersey finds itself under even greater pressure from multi-national companies boasting significant economies of scale, and the changing lifestyle demands of technology savvy customers.
Against the backdrop of a near doubling of high street shop closures between 2012 and 2013, we are seeking to assist the retail sector by removing barriers to trading on Sundays for the trial period,” said Senator Maclean.
“This trial is one aspect of a broader package of initiatives which has been created as part of Economic Development’s retail development programme which is designed to support the retail sector in Jersey while recognising that consumers’ lifestyles are changing and that retailers need to be able to offer them more flexibility and choice,” he said.
The consultation is available at www.gov.je/consult and the deadline for submissions is 28 March 2014.