Coop announces Zurich stores to stay open late this Christmas Eve
Some Coop stores in Zurich are planning to stay open as late as 8pm on Christmas Eve and 9pm on New Years Eve.
Unions say the move is unacceptable as it means workers will not be able to spend time with their families during the holidays. Christmas Eve is normally the time families gather to eat and share gifts.
Coop says as many as 10 shops in the canton will be open late, but most will be closed at 5pm on Christmas Eve.
Zurich has very liberal shop opening hour laws compared to other cantons.
Other supermarket chains say their shops will be closed at 5pm – if not earlier on Christmas Eve. Migros says it makes sure its staff can leave for home within half an hour of shop closure.