WINNIPEG – You may one day get a break from your last minute grocery store scramble on Sundays.
The Pallister government says if Manitobans want extended Sunday shopping hours, so be it.
There are no concrete plans for stores to be able to stay open past 6 p.m., but the Tories says they’re open to it.
Business groups like the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Council of Canada are already on board.
Chamber president Loren Remillard tells Winnipeg’s Morning News it’s a no-brainer: stores should be able to be open when they want.
“We are a secular society, we live in a very-much 24/7 environment. Because we’ve seen such significant shift in our society, really, right now we need to say to retailers, ‘You set your hours, and let the marketplace decide.'”
Retail Council Prairie Director Lanny McInnes says it’s all about giving businesses the choice of how to stay competitive.
“Overwhelmingly, our members want to be able to set their own hours. You don’t have to look any further than your phone, your tablet or your laptop for when and how you want to do your shopping. That’s the reality that all retailers face, no matter what size or shape they are.”
There are still some people who believe Sunday should be for rest and family time.
It’s about four years ago now that the old NDP government changed the laws to let stores open before noon.