Should shops open for shorter hours?
This past weekend I did something that I rarely do, and that was to amble around a shopping centre looking at things and wondering whether to spend my money on stuff that I might need. I did actually buy something but that’s another story!
What made me think though, was the fact that most of the shops were devoid of customers – yes, it was 9:30 on a Thursday morning, but I am not sure that has anything to do with it – and I wondered whether it was like that most mornings.
The coffee & breakfast shops were fairly busy but the department stores, the chemists, the clothes shops all appeared to have none or very few customers.
So, why open – why don’t these shops open at say 10:30am or even later?
The cost of opening at 9:00am – the utilities, the staff costs etc… must mean that it is economically sensible to stay shut.
When you think about it, most of the working world are … well working … they are not available as customers, most of the parents at home are …well just got back from dropping children off at school … they are not available as customers, most of the non-working student are … in bed … not available as customers, most of the the shopkeepers are … in their own shops … and not available to customers, so why are they open?
At 5:30pm when most of the workers have finished work and are available as customers … guess what … the shops are shut!
So, why don’t the shops open at lunch time and stay open until a bit later – surely they’ll more likely get more customers!
Maybe that is too radical – are you a shopkeeper? Are you afraid to not open, just in case it is busy? Or, am I missing something?