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nevermodern


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Post: #1
07-11-2007 05:25 PM

I went into FH today at 3.30 to get a key cut and pick up some dry-cleaning. Both shops were closed. It's no wonder there's a lack of 'footfall'.

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brian


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Post: #2
07-11-2007 05:27 PM

Wednesday is early closing .

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roz


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Post: #3
07-11-2007 05:37 PM

Its been early closing on Wednesdays for years in FH, for a lot of small businesses, especially family businesses. Its an old custom which is rather nice however the question is whether it is good for them in the long run, as people do expect a 24/7 shopping experience these days, in London at least.

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nevermodern


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07-11-2007 06:16 PM

God....i come from the South Wales valleys - they have halfday closing on Wednesday there. Glad I left for life in the 24-hour metropolis Smile hehe

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AMFM


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Post: #5
08-11-2007 03:35 PM

Wow - even my home town in rural Ireland did away with half day Wednesdays years ago - although I do agree with Roz, it's a nice tradition but pretty unsustainable, especially in London.

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Laura70


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Post: #6
08-11-2007 04:59 PM

I think we're pretty lucky with the range of shops we have locally in Forest Hill and as a lot of them are small businesses I would prefer they closed on a Wednesday afternoon so the people who run them can get a bit of a break. I like the fact that you get friendly service from people who get to know your face after they've seen it a few times.

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brian


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Post: #7
08-11-2007 05:03 PM

Laura I agree 100%.

This 24/7 society can go too far

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nevermodern


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Post: #8
09-11-2007 10:42 AM

Well, opening wednesday afternoons is hardly "24/7 society gone mad". And are we saying that opening on wednesdays will make FH's shopkeepers less friendly somehow? The wednesday thing is indicative of a certain lack of oomph with some retailers in FH. Most of the footfall is in the mornings and evenings with people going to work and back, and yet try dropping off/picking up dry cleaning, a key, or a prescription at those times. FH must be the only place in london with no shop that's open after 11pm for general food things etc. The presence of sainsbury's means that shops have to be more resourceful to survive, and more flexible opening hours is one way they can do that. I notice that little grocery store opposite the station has closed, which is sad, but every time i went there (for a newspaper on sunday morning, for a bottle of wine after 10pm) he was closed.

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steveb


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Post: #9
10-11-2007 01:19 PM

I'm with Laura on this. I've never liked working 6 days a week (let alone 7), and don't expect others to do it for me.

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