Back in the 50s the standard was for most businesses to open at 8am -
a practice that badly needs to be reinstated. Time I wait until a
bank opens these days it is at least 9:30am - shoots then entire
I lived in Boston at that time. The local supermarket, Elm Farms, opened
at 8:00 or 8:30 and closed at 19:00, I think. In the 60s the closing time
was 21:00. That was Mon through Sat.. Only small "convenience" stores were
open on Sun.
IIRC (also in the Boston suburbs) back in the 50s when the blue laws
kept most stores closed on Sundays there was a suburban department store
owned by Jews which was closed on Saturdays and open on Sundays.
Here the grocery stores were open 9 to 5 during the week, and Saturday
morning. Bakeries and butchers had the same hours. Dairy products, and
ice, if you still had an icebox, were delivered to your home during the
week. To this day I won't take my wife to the market on Saturdays,
because all the really old coots still shop then, slowly. Banks had
even worse hours for the consumer. The unions really fought to keep
those hours; I never understood why, as they would have gained more
members if the stores were open longer.
In the middle sixties we moved to Illinois and it was wonderful finding
you could shop in the evening.
chicago had union rules for the meat department, i am not certain of
the rules just visiting as a kid, but in the evening when the butchers
werent there the fresh meats were covered and locked securely you
couldnt buy meat.. this was true up till the early 70s when i got my
drivers license and helped drive me and my mom to chicago from
pittsburgh. i was 16...
For a non USAsian POV, I grew up in England in the 70's. Sounds pretty
Shops 9-ish to 5pm or 5:30pm in the week. Saturdays maybe 9:30 or 10am to
Sunday everything was closed except newsagents (papershops) and off-licenses
(liquor stores). They closed at noon.
Wednesday afternoon - everything closed for 1/2 day.
Banks were dire - 10am to 3:30pm IIRC.
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I like that. With a little planning, people can buy their groceries on some
other day of the week, and not have to break the Sunday sabbath.
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The big change in shopping hours came in the 1960's as malls
proliferated. Stores that were open until 9 p.m. on weekdays, what a
concept. Since the early malls often had supermarkets, the supermarkets
also stayed open until 9 p.m.. The mall near me stayed open until 5 p.m.
on Saturday. I think that it was not open on Sunday when it first opened.
Publix refused to open on Sunday for decades. The founder was very
Christian and thought that people should be in church. On the door of
the store there was a sign "Closed Sunday, See You in Church."
On Wed, 28 Nov 2012 08:25:07 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
That works when both adults (if there are two) in the family don't.
Frankly, stores that aren't open on Sundays piss me off. They're less
likely to get my business during the week, too. Their decision,
Assuming they've adopted the Christian sabbath. In the area where I
lived probably 30% of the population was not Christian. So they shopped
at the competition. Sunday and other days.
Fortunately that nonsense is mostly over, except perhaps for Chick-Fil-A.
Exactly. For those whose sabbath is another day, forcing stores to
close on Sunday not only means those people can't shop on the weekend,
but that they can't open their own stores at all on the weekend
People who want to observe a sabbath day a certain way can choose not
to shop on that day, not to open their store that day, or not to work
for a store that does. They shouldn't be allowed to force everyone
else to conform to their particular schedule.
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