Lidl will not take advantage of Sunday closure loophole

Retail

The Hungarian unit of German retailer Lidl made a strategic decision not to declare any of its stores as traditional outdoor markets, the firm said in a press release yesterday. Making such a declaration would allow the retailer to circumvent the Sunday closure law introduced earlier this year. 

The press release said that the “basis of the decision is to abide by Hungarian legislations in their entirety.”

It was reported at the beginning of the week that Hungarian-owned CBA had declared two of its stores near Lake Balaton as traditional outdoor markets, given that they sell goods in their parking lots. As such they are entitled to open for business on Sundays.

“As of March 1, we have extended opening hours in our stores,” Jenő Grósz, chairman of Hungarian Lidl’s management said. “Every player of the retail market has one Sunday to stay open a year, and we are going to accept that opportunity. As a responsible corporation, we are not planning to stay open on any other Sunday,” Grósz noted.

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