Sunday supermarket shopping a success

2nd January 2007, Comments 0 comments

2 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — The extra openings of supermarkets on the Sundays before Christmas and the New Year were a great success.

2 January 2007

AMSTERDAM — The extra openings of supermarkets on the Sundays before Christmas and the New Year were a great success.

The central retail bureau CBL said on Tuesday that consumers made use of the extra openings "en masse".

It said the extra openings reduced stress for consumers who did not have to worry if they forgot to buy something on Saturday.

A CBL spokeswoman said the extra openings meant consumers were able to still go shopping the next day.

And it said supermarket staff do not object to working on a Sunday.

Besides the fact that it is on a voluntary basis and workers are well paid, they also said working on a Sunday is possible because their children can usually be cared for at home.

The CBL wants supermarkets to be granted more flexible opening times and is lobbying the government to allow municipalities the power to individually grant Sunday openings in their area.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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