Retail hours stoke emotions

Battle resurfaces in Quebec and Nova Scotia
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/28/2004

An issue that Canadian communities face now and then — each time stirring passion and arguments from all sides — has resurfaced in Quebec and Nova Scotia. That issue is store hours.

In Montreal, a decision by mall developer Cadillac Fairview to extend weekday closing time from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. has gathered momentum. As of Sept. 13, some 1,000 stores went along with the change, which includes moving Sunday opening hours from noon to 10 a.m.

But those who hold out are vocal. Leading among them is Peter Simons, president of La Maison Simons, a Quebec clothing retailer employing 1,500 people in seven stores.