Shoppers in Adelaide’s suburbs will once again be allowed to shop on Boxing Day after state Treasurer Rob Lucas approved the extended trading hours.
All stores across the city and suburban Adelaide will also be permitted to open until midnight on the increasingly-popular ‘Black Friday’ on November 27.
However, Boxing Day will not be the payday boon for retail workers who will miss out on full public holiday rates.
This year, the day after Christmas falls on a Saturday, meaning that workers will be paid standard Saturday rates instead of the full penalty rates expected by some.
The official public holiday will be observed on the Monday following Christmas this year.
The extended trading hours approved by the state treasurer include:
- Boxing Day trading from 9am to 5pm across the city’s suburban shopping centres,
- Longer Sunday trading in the lead up to Christmas,
- Late night trading past 9pm on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prior to Christmas, and
- Late night trading past 9pm on ‘Black Friday’
Last year, both city and suburban shopping was permitted on Boxing Day and the night of Black Friday, with the moves proving popular among SA shoppers.
However, some observed that many city shops closed well before the permitted closing time of midnight on Black Friday last year, despite the changed rules.