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Wed, 16 Dec, 2015 12:02:13 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Dec 16
 
Shop opening hours of K-extra in Helsinki. File Photo – Lehtikuva.
The Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill allowing more freedom in opening hours for retailers and hairdressers.
 
The bill was passed after a total of 145 lawmakers voted in favour of the bill against 31 who op-posed the draft.
 
The Finnish Federation of Commerce commended the move by the parliament to make shops open-ing hours more flexible.
 
According to S Group, nearly 500 of their own stores across Finland will extend their opening hours when the law comes into effect. According to S Group, the busiest Prisma stores will be remain open until 2300 hours.
 
Under the new law, retail stores and hairdressers are free to set their own opening hours, and the need for exemptions relating to opening hours is eliminated.
 
At the same time, though, entrepreneurs working in shopping centres and malls will retain their right for one day off a week.
 
“Only by doing can we determine what works and what doesn't. If the new opening hours are not suitable for our customers, then we will change them again,” said the selections director of S group, Ilkka Alarotu in a statement.
 
Neither Kesko nor Lidl have announced new opening hours, but they are also pleased with Parlia-ment's decision.
 
Kesko's executive vice president in grocery sales Jorma Rauhala said that retailers are free to decide their own opening hours.
 
“The freedom in opening hours is necessary, but it also varies greatly from place to place and store to store. We will not regulate from Helsinki, for example, when stores in Lapland are open,” Rauha-la told the news agency STT.
 
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