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HALIFAX, N.S. -- Following a ruling yesterday from a Supreme Court judge here that said the Sunday shopping regulations unfairly discriminated against the Atlantic Superstore and Sobeys chains, Nova Scotia premier Rodney MacDonald responded that the province would not only not appeal the decision, but would revise the current regulations to allow retailers to open without restriction on Sundays, according to published reports.
According to MacDonald, once the regulations were updated, which is expected to occur by next Sunday, retailers can opt to open on Sundays and Holidays, except for Remembrance Day, Canada's observance of servicemen and women who perished in wars.
Earlier this year Nova Scotia attempted to close a legal loophole employed by Atlantic Superstore and Sobeys to circumvent the regulations' size limits, resulting in a legal challenge by both retailers.
Sobeys spokesman Gerald Weseen said that the company was "very pleased" by the news, adding that the 21 stores in the province, which the company has been partially opening on Sundays for several months, would be fully open for the coming weekend.