The Government will extend trading hours on Sundays during the Olympics with the prediction that it will lead shoppers will to spend £200 million more.
Current legislation stating large retailers can trade for six hours will be suspended for the eight-week period.
MM quizzed the people of Manchester:
Would you be more likely to shop on Sunday if the shops were open longer?
Antoni Lloyd-Hughes, 19, student from Manchester said: “Traditionally Sunday is a day of rest. People need time with their families. I hope this isn’t a trial period to for the government to bring it in permanently.”
Steve Helme, 50, charity worker from Didsbury, said: “Yes during the Olympics. It’s a good opportunity for the PLC. However, I don’t think it should be extended beyond then.”
Diane Rimmer, 40, teaching assistant from Wigan, said: “I think people should make the effort to go while the shops are open now. They are open late enough as it is.”
Andrew Chapman, 33, hotel caterer from Manchester, said: “I would be able to go shopping after I finished work if they opened later.”
Jason Nixon, 41, warehouse operative from Oldham, said: “The shops are open long enough as it is.”
Saghir Hussein, 28, sales representative from Longsight, said: “They should extend opening hours longer in summer anyway because we have more daylight. And I work in a shop and it would be good for us.”
Steven Stafford, 21, sales assistant from the city centre, said: “It’s always quiet on Sundays anyway. I wouldn’t want to work longer hours either.”
Vicky Bletsiou, 25, dentist from Cheadle Hulme, said: “It’s fine as it is now.”
Ben Coleman, 31, designer from the city centre, said: “It wouldn’t encourage me. I already shop on Sundays as it is.”
Gemma Conner, 24, waitress from Stockport, said: “If I was passing and it was open then I would go in.”
Rachel Wilson, 30, activist from Fallowfield, said: “If a shop was open I would go in on impulse.”
Sonoe Shimizu, 33, Architect’s assistant from Manchester, said: “If shops are open longer then you can sleep in late.”
D. Spencer, 70, retired from Manchester said: “It isn’t necessary and the buses don’t start until 10.30.”