Cyprus Mail

Some shop-owners have change of heart over Sunday closing

By Andria Kades

IN an about turn, several retailers have decided to remain closed on Sundays despite the defiant tone they set since the beginning of the year.

According to retailers association head Marios Antoniou, Zara Group which encompasses Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarious, Oysho, Uterque, Zara and Zara Home will keep their doors shut on Sunday.

Symeonides Group – the Marks and Spencer’s store in all cities but Nicosia – also confirmed they will not open.

“At the moment, the situation is far from smooth,” Antoniou told the Cyprus Mail.

In the case of franchises, like that of Zara Group, “every decision needs the approval of the mother company.

“If they see that Cyprus has some problems, then they care about their image,” and understandably so, he said.

Zara Group was not immediately available for comment.

Antoniou reassured that supermarkets will remain open.

Pictures of Lidl’s opening hours in reports show the store will be open on Sundays, but closed on Wednesday afternoon.

“We hope the matter will be resolved next month,” he said, when the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on a dispute between the government and parliament.

The thorny issue stems from the fact that although on December 3 the Supreme Court found a parliament law regulating shop hours unconstitutional, arguing the right to regulate the policy was solely the government’s, a week later, lawmakers nevertheless put it to vote.

Rejected by majority, the decision meant a 2006 law regulating shop hours returned into force as of January 2.

This law allows bakeries and kiosks to open on Wednesday afternoons and Sundays, but the rest will remain closed or be threatened with a fine.

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