Garden centre trade calls for Boxing Day opening

Garden retailers have again called for Sunday trading laws to be relaxed with Boxing Day 2010 falling on a Sunday.

This means garden centres over 280sq m will only be able to open for six hours on the traditionally busy trading day.

HTA marketing director Andrew Maxted said: "With Boxing Day 2010 falling on a Sunday larger garden centres will only be able to open for a restricted number of hours. This is another example of how the out-of-date Sunday trading laws are not in keeping with the ways of modern life. As an issue of great importance to the garden industry and the many gardeners who choose to follow their interest on a Sunday, the HTA will continue to lobby government and press for change on Sunday trading ahead of the general election."

Owners of shopping centres such as the Trafford Centre in Manchester, Meadowhall in Sheffield, Bluewater in Kent and Westfield in London are among those proposing to lobby the Government to change 1994's Sunday Trading Act laws.

 

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