York Morrisons could soon start opening 24 hours a day

Morrisons supermarket at the Foss Islands retail park. Photograph © Google Street View
22 Oct 2020 @ 7.15 am
| Business

Supermarket chain Morrisons is seeking 24-hour opening for one of its two York stores.

The company has applied to City of York Council for permission to open round the clock at its Foss Islands branch.

Currently, opening hours there are 10am to 4pm on Sundays and 7am to 10pm every other day.

Morrisons has not responded to YorkMix‘s phone calls or emails, but the application is one of several submitted around the country in the past few months, with similar applications made in Coventry, Penrith, Carlise, two Bradford stores, and Bridport.

Councillors in Bradford have said Morrisons expects increased demand for night-time shopping, so shoppers who want to can choose quieter times and more easily maintain distancing.

Restricted on Sundays

Morrisons outlined the changes in a licensing application, required if it is to vary the hours it sells alcohol.

The document shows it wants the licence to run from midnight to midnight every day, although current trading laws would still restrict the actual opening hours on Sundays.

Earlier this year, the Government looked into relaxing Sunday opening restrictions but it dropped the plan amid a threatened back-bench rebellion.

Opponents feared the move would put pressure on shop staff and take more trade away from smaller retailers. Large shops are currently allowed to open for up to six hours on a Sunday, within the window of 10am to 6pm.

Anyone wanting to support or object to the plan for the York store should do so by Thursday. Details of how to comment are here, on the city council website.