FEB 00] CITY
CENTRE COMPANY COVENTRY PRESS RELEASE
And Boots Join Sunday Trading
Sunday shopping in Coventry has
been given a massive boost by news that two major stores are to start
trading seven days a week throughout the year.
Marks and Spencer and Boots have announced they will open between
10.30am and 4.30pm from 2 April.
Two other major city-centre stores are also due to make a decision
on seven day trading in the next few weeks.
The move comes 15 months after the City Centre Company launched
full scale Sunday trading and will give the initiative fresh impetus.
John Dorrington, Marks and Spencer store manager, said the company
had carefully monitored Coventry’s Sunday trading before deciding to
"We have been watching with interest the development of
Sunday trading in Coventry because we wanted to see the progress it
made. We have been impressed with the efforts of the City Centre
Company in making Coventry a more desirable destination for
"Hopefully the fact Marks and Spencer and Boots are coming
on board will help that even further. We feel we have a
responsibility to improve the choice of shopping in Coventry so more
and more people visit the city centre."
At present only out-of-town-stores and a few major city centre
shops open on Sundays throughout the year.
Mr Dorrington added:
"The fact that there is free car parking in West Orchards
makes a difference for us and I think the City Centre Company are
doing everything it can to make sure Sundays are a success. We just
want to support that."
Centre Company chief executive Liz Millett said Sunday trading had
gone well but the decision of the two stores would make Coventry more
appealing to weekend shoppers.
"We have had good support from many stores and the news that
Marks and Spencer and Boots are joining will be good news for
"They are both big names which will draw people in and help
increase trade for all the shops that already open.
"We have a series of events planned for this year and all
the work is directed towards making Coventry a desirable Sunday
venue for shoppers thereby increasing trade and the vibrancy of the
Marks and Spencer are soon to take credit cards for the first time
while the Coventry branch has taken stock of a new ladies’ range
that brings fashion merchandise usually only seen in major
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