Search

Islington’s traders fear Sunday opening hours plans will hit business

PUBLISHED: 06:32 11 September 2012

Moonlight Supermarket, Holloway Road

Moonlight Supermarket, Holloway Road

Archant

Convenience store owners have expressed concern over potential proposals allowing supermarkets to extend Sunday opening hours.

The owners of a number of independent shops in the borough claim that a loss in business has been seen since trading hours were relaxed temporarily for the Olympics and Paralympics to accommodate extra visitors and tourists.

Many fear that their businesses will collapse should there be a permanent end to Sunday trading restrictions, something the government is thought to be considering following calls from the Institute of Directors.

Mizrap Eren, director of Moonlight Supermarket in Holloway Road, Holloway, has found he is competing for late Sunday trade with Tesco Express, which is a few minutes down the road.

He said: “If they open for longer on Sundays, we will have to pack up and close the shop. It has been very quiet after 5pm on Sundays, but normally business is better.”

The 38 year-old added: “We have a bakery here but all the bread was left over on Monday which hasn’t happened before.

“We couldn’t sell it. It would be very hard to survive if this was permanent.”

Emrah Kati, 24, of Brothers Mini Market, in Holloway Road, said: “In the past few weeks Sundays have been their worst ever.

“A lot of shops like us on this road are struggling.”

Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, said: “Local stores are a vital part of the community and to lose them as a consequence of a change in law would be catastrophic and have a significant impact on the local area.

“I believe there should be a day where people are not under the same pressure to work long hours and I think Sunday should be respected as such a day.

“If major stores are able to open for longer hours, then it will be banks next and then many employers will see it as a potential to expect workers to be available that day.”

He was backed by the Rev Simon Harvey, of St Mary’s Church, Islington, who said: “I think there’s no need to relax the rules further. Keeping one shared special day of the week is good for all of us.

“As a Christian, it helps me remember that God wants us to relax and rest.”

The relaxed trading hours period is scheduled to end this Sunday.

0 comments

Latest Islington News Stories

Yesterday, 13:01

A Finsbury pub has sacked off all meat and dairy to go 100 per cent vegan.

Yesterday, 10:08

A huge ceramic tile installation will grace the new City North development next to Finsbury Park station when it opens in early 2020.

Yesterday, 09:57

A BMW went up in flames this morning after a nearby gas cylinder was knocked over and caught fire in Offord Road, Barnsbury.

Mon, 17:25

If you supported Arsenal or had an N5 postcode in 1988, it’s almost certain you’ll remember the “Battle of Highbury”.

Mon, 12:52

A brave six-year-old girl foiled a kidnapper who tried to snatch her friends.

Mon, 12:11

The government has said maintenance work at Pentonville prison will continue as normal after contractor Carillion went into liquidation.

Mon, 10:09

An end is finally in sight after two years of closures on the Gospel Oak to Barking Overground line, which has reopened today for what commuters hope is the last time.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“With teenagers there’s a lot of banter, and you can really establish a relationship. You have to trust teenagers to make their own decisions.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now