GOREY CHAMBER has set out its recommended opening hours for the town's traders in December as it hopes the festive period will prove a financially rewarding one for local businesses.
The Chamber's Retail Working Group discussed December opening hours and the upcoming Christmas season at its latest meeting and has distributed what it feels are the most suitable opening times to local retailers.
'We have set out the recommended opening hours, but needless to say these are only recommendations and you determine your own hours,' Dick White, CEO of Gorey Chamber told the retailers.
The Chamber has recommended that retailers in Gorey open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, and from 1.30 to 5.30 p.m. on Sunday, December 11 and Sunday, December 18.
Late openings are recommended in the run-up to Christmas day, with recommended closing times of 7 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday, December 21 to 23, and 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24.
The Chamber recommends reopening, following the Christmas Day closure, from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on St Stephen's Day and from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. the next day, Tuesday, December 27. It says it should be business as usual from Wednesday, December 28 to New Year's Eve, December 31, with retailers closing on New Year's Day, which is a Sunday this year, and re-opening from 1 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Monday, January 2 and from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3.
Meanwhile, Gorey Shopping Centre's trading hours over the Christmas period will not deviate too much from its normal timetable. The shopping centre, where Dunnes Stores is the main draw, opens this Sunday, December 4, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 11 and Sunday, December 18.
It extends its opening hours to 9 p.m. in Christmas week, opening until 9 p.m. from Monday, December 19 to Friday, December 23. The centre opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, then closes for Christmas Day and St Stephen's Day, re-opening on Tuesday, December 27.
Gorey Shopping Centre will open on New Year's Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. but Dunnes will be the only business trading.