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Newsagents less likely to open this Anzac Day?

Mark Fletcher
April 21st, 2021 · 1 Comment

With Anzac Day on a Sunday this year and retail not permitted, in most states, to open until after 1pm, I suspect some newsagents will not open at all. Sunday is an expensive day to open labour cost wise. The reduced hours for the day as well as decisions by other nearby retailers will be a factor.

I was talking with a couple of retailers yesterday and they have decided to not open at all, instead pitching it as a move out of respect for the day.

The $50.00 a hour labour cost for adults is prohibitive. While newsagents are exempt and can open, you have to question the value of this with almost all other shops nearby being closed. the value of leveraging the exemption and opening depends on what you will sell as newsagency traditional lines wool;t deliver the margin dollars to justify the cost for most.

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  • 1 Ian // Apr 21, 2021 at 9:13 AM

    With Woolworths closed our whole centre is closed but with Qld making Monday a public holiday it has made it difficult. Public holidays apart from Boxing Day and Easter Saturday are not worth opening and so we will be having a long weekend.

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