GOOD news for retailers in Suva this festive season.
The Suva City Council (SCC) has approved the extension of business operating hours to 9pm daily.
Confirming this yesterday, council special administrator Chandu Umaria said the extended operating hours was inclusive of all Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays until the New Year.
"This will allow retailers to serve the thousands of customers who will be shopping during the festive season," Mr Umaria said.
However, he said the extended operating hours did not apply to restaurants, nightclubs and pubs.
"They should operate as per the hours approved in their operating licence," Mr Umaria said.
He said this festive season, the council was also not charging fees from retailers applying for permission to operate extended hours.
In addition, the special administrator requested all retailers to follow fair retail practice and not to sell defective goods.
The festive season usually sees people flock to town for some last-minute shopping.