Supermarkets to close on Sunday in Apeldoorn

6th March 2009, Comments 2 comments

The city in the heartland of Calvinist Reformist Church community believes Sunday is a day of rest.

APELDOORN – Supermarkets in Apeldoorn will no longer be permitted to open their doors on Sundays.

The city council in the eastern province of Gelderland wants to end Sunday shopping as it believes Sunday is a day of rest.

Apeldoorn is situated in the heartland of the Calvinist Reformist Church community which strongly adheres to the doctrine that Sunday is reserved for church, reading the bible and being with the family. An increasingly number of Reformists has argued that keeping supermarkets open disturbs the Sunday rest.

For the past two years, supermarkets have taken advantage of a loophole in the law, which permits shops to open on Sunday between 4pm and 10pm. These opening times are intended for petrol stations but supermarkets have been cashing in on the situation.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

2 Comments To This Article

  • Gert Jan Kleinpaste posted:

    on 9th March 2009, 17:53:46 - Reply

    it's not just the religious arguments that opposes the sunday opening hours of some supermarkets. To be quite honest their's more to say about this issue. For me it's absoluty not a religious point. I'm worried about the fact these supermarkets found a narrow escape in the law so they can open their shops on a sunday. It's an unfair form of competition and the council is trying to set things right.
  • emmitt posted:

    on 7th March 2009, 13:00:47 - Reply

    Religion will be the ruin of the netherlands............