Many stores are to open their doors on Sunday 31 December, but will close early. Most of these stores are food businesses and supermarkets. Most of the supermarkets will remain open until the early hours of the afternoon. The Colruyt stores will close at 1 p.m. while Lidl and Delhaize will be open until 2 p.m. In the case of Carrefour, closing hours will vary from store to store.
The Unizo employers’ association and the Neutral Trade Union for the Self-Employed, SNI, feel that 70% to 80% of retailers will also remain open for the last day of the year and that most businesses will close earlier than usual.