“For a bodyguard”, “a post office”, “sports equipment rental” or “a reading room” – stores show creativity and use new ways to circumvent the Sunday trade ban. The Polish chain Topaz has joined this group.
A few weeks ago, we informed that Biedronka was planning to become the reading room open every Sunday, later the idea evolved towards a book rental. At the beginning of the project on the seventh day of the week, 600 stores were to operate, but with each subsequent Sunday their number would gradually increase. At the last moment, however, the network withdrew from the idea.-
However, another retail chain – Polish Topaz – took advantage of the idea. As he informed on his website, the Topaz Reader Club was established in August – the educational campaign (as the shop calls it) is to contribute to the popularization of reading in Poland.
To take advantage of this offer, you must first complete an application and receive a club membership card. The cost of borrowing one book is PLN 1 – you can take three books with you for a period of 30 days.
As reported by the website Wiadomościhandlowe.pl, the chain does not plan to open all its stores on Sundays, but wants to be ready to implement the club on a larger scale, if the idea is picked up on a wider scale by competitors. The portal also reached the prepared annexes to the employment contract, which indicate that the employees will be employed as “cashiers-sellers in the shop-reader’s club”. They are to deal with, among others “professional service for members of the reader’s club” and “carrying out a periodic inventory of books”. The list of new duties also includes, inter alia, “issuing and accepting applications for admission to the reader’s club” and “providing members of the reader club with comprehensive information according to their needs and questions regarding the functioning of the reader’s club”.
At the end of August, Minister Maląg announced increased inspections of shops by the National Labor Inspectorate, and also invited representatives of the industry to talks. – This day should be spent with the family. It’s time for the family to pray, not to spend in the store. We would like to talk about it at the round table – she said.