Supermarket flouted law to meet needs of customers

Shoppers happy to pack and save on Easter Sunday

Shoppers happy to pack and save on Easter Sunday

File photo of a Pak'n Save in another town with police cars parked out front.

Customers were “very appreciative” Pak’n Save was open on Easter Sunday but the supermarket broke the law by opening its doors.

There are 3½ days every year when almost all shops are required to be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Repeal Act 1990 — Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day until 1pm. Businesses that open are liable for a fine of up to $1000.

Foodstuffs New Zealand head of external relations Antoinette Laird confirmed Pak’n Save Gisborne did open for business on Easter Sunday but without alcohol sales.

“This store made this decision due to the fact that there is a significant increase in visitors to the region over the Easter period.

“With such a large number of visitors, many of whom are from out of town, the store felt opening on Sunday was the only way to adequately meet the needs of the community over the long weekend. Feedback from customers on the day was that they were very appreciative to be able to get much-needed groceries over the long weekend.”

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment spokesperson said supermarkets were not allowed to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in New Zealand.

“Information on shop trading hours enforcement activity by the labour inspectorate over the Easter weekend will not be immediately available. It will be collated in the two to four weeks following Easter.”

Customers were “very appreciative” Pak’n Save was open on Easter Sunday but the supermarket broke the law by opening its doors.

There are 3½ days every year when almost all shops are required to be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Repeal Act 1990 — Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day until 1pm. Businesses that open are liable for a fine of up to $1000.

Foodstuffs New Zealand head of external relations Antoinette Laird confirmed Pak’n Save Gisborne did open for business on Easter Sunday but without alcohol sales.

“This store made this decision due to the fact that there is a significant increase in visitors to the region over the Easter period.

“With such a large number of visitors, many of whom are from out of town, the store felt opening on Sunday was the only way to adequately meet the needs of the community over the long weekend. Feedback from customers on the day was that they were very appreciative to be able to get much-needed groceries over the long weekend.”

A Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment spokesperson said supermarkets were not allowed to open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday in New Zealand.

“Information on shop trading hours enforcement activity by the labour inspectorate over the Easter weekend will not be immediately available. It will be collated in the two to four weeks following Easter.”

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