Though the change to Easter trading laws has been touted by a win by most, the country’s biggest secondhand car retailer disagrees. 2 Cheap Cars says the Government passing the buck onto local councils will result in more delays and indecision, rather than helping businesses.
The new Easter Sunday laws will be introduced in the coming weeks.
They relinquish the Government’s control and leave it up to local councils and communities to decide whether shops should open on Easter Sunday.
2 Cheap Cars CEO Eugene Williams says this decision will result in more delays and indecision over whether to let shops open or not.
He says the company opens on Easter Sunday in order to suit customers’ needs.
“New Zealanders and their families lead busy lives, mostly couples are both working, and the only time they have to consider a major purchase like a car is during the weekend and of course holiday weekends,” Williams says.
“By shutting out people from purchasing during holiday weekends the Government and or local Government is putting more pressure on these people as well as disadvantaging retailers.”
He says he’s concerned that the debate is centred around the tourism industry rather than retail.
“The reality is that there is a huge amount of demand from ordinary New Zealanders who simply haven’t got the time to waste by being locked out of retail commerce just because of custom and practice linked to a Christian religious festival,” he says.
His company was one of several fined for opening this year on Easter Sunday.
In 2014, only two businesses were fined a total of $1500 for opening.
In 2011, the number was significantly higher – 35 business owners were prosecuted a total of $25,800 for breaching trading laws.
He echoed Retail NZ’s views in the fact that consumers can buy online on the day, but are restricted to when they can shop in store.
Williams says 2 Cheap Cars will most likely open next Easter, but he would rather not break the law to do so.
The new law is expected to take place from Easter 2017.