Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

More Sunday shopping is no big deal

Biz owners say relaxation of laws won’t have impact

  • Print

Some business owners in southwest Winnipeg say they are unfazed by the possibility of extended Sunday shopping hours in the province.


In the recent provincial budget, the NDP government announced it will consult with retailers, consumer groups and unions to discuss the prospect of relaxing Manitoba’s Sunday shopping restrictions.


Karen Sigurdson, co-owner of Burton Lysecki Books on Osborne Street, said it will remain business as usual at the landmark bookstore, as she already works enough during the week. The store is currently open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.


"We’ll still be open the same time on a Sunday," said Sigurdson, who is also a member of the Osborne South BIZ.


"There’s Burton (Lysecki), me and two part-time staff. I can’t pay them anymore and I already work six days a week. We’re people and we still need to find the time to do things like laundry and grocery shopping," she said.


Sigurdson is happy with the store’s current Sunday hours and thinks noon to 5 p.m. is appropriate for the needs of her customers.


"I think the store should be open on a Sunday afternoon, shopping for books is a civilized thing to do at that time of day. Lots of people are out and about going to church in the morning. I think places like Wal-Mart might benefit from the change more."


Séverine Bonato, owner of fashion boutique A French Touch on Corydon Avenue, said Sunday is her only day off and she doesn’t plan to change that.


"I tried to open on a Sunday for two or three weeks last summer, but I found people would rather eat ice cream and go to a restaurant. People would come in and look quickly, but not really shop," she said.


Bonato, who arrived from France in 2010 to start the business, plans to keep Sunday as her one day off each week.


"I need a day. I do everything myself, so I need one day to get out of here and recharge my mind. It’s important to have one day to myself and spend time with friends," she said, noting her busiest period of the week is Thursday to Saturday.


Paul Karam, co-franchisee of the Subway restaurant in St. Norbert, said he agrees with the idea of relaxing the laws — although it likely won’t impact his business, which is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays.


"Personally, I think it’s a good thing as it would offer people the choice to shop at different times," he said. 

simon.fuller@canstarnews.com

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Readers' Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

See the results of the 2014 Canstar Community News Best of Winnipeg Readers' Survey.

View Results

This Just In Twitter bird

Poll

Are you surprised drivers continue to flaunt laws against using cell phones while driving?

View Results