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Retail NI Welcomes Belfast City Council Vote on Sunday Trading

Retail NI has welcomed Belfast City Council’s vote to drop plans to extend Sunday Trading by designating the City with Resort Status. This would have allowed large multinational supermarkets above 3000 sq. ft. to open all day for 18 Sundays per year.

Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts, who presented to the Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee this morning said:

“Retail NI welcomes the comprehensive vote by Belfast City Councillors to drop plans to relax Sunday trading across the city. This would have given a further unfair competitive advantage to large supermarkets and disadvantaged local small shops, whose Sunday morning trade is vital for their survival”

‘Furthermore this vote puts down an important marker to the other ten Local Councils not to consider relaxing Sunday trading through the backdoor of Resort Status”

“At the Committee this morning, we recommended that Lord Mayor immediately convene a ‘Weekend Summit’ to include Retail NI, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, USDAW and other interested groups to agree a strategy to improve the retail and hospitality offer in Belfast at the weekend for tourists and shoppers”

“Belfast has a fantastic retail and hospitality offer, but we need to look at how the city can make further improvements to improve the visitor experience”

“Doing more to promote our world class independent retailers and enhancing café culture are ideas Retail NI is keen to promote”

“We have written to Belfast City Council Chief Executive to host this ‘Summit’ as soon as possible and agree a strategy to ensure this summer is the best yet for shoppers and tourists”

 Glyn Roberts 07515710517