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Old 05-10-2013, 05:38 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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are shopping centres called " malls " in any countries other than the usa and Canada ?
Hi Bob, the official name of the nearest shopping centre to me is 'The Mall' if its any help! :-)
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Melbourne Australia
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Australia (Melbourne)

Supermarkets: 6am-midnight 7 days

Department stores: most are open from 8:30am-9pm on weekdays, but some trade from 8.30am-6pm or 8:30am to midnight, depending on the location and store. Busier ones are open longer. On Saturdays they tend to close at 7pm and Sundays 5.30pm. Some department stores in larger shopping centers are open 24/7.

Convenience stores..... 7/11 is 24 hours as are most petrol stations.

As for individual specialty stores inside shopping centers and in strip malls, most close at 5pm Sun-Wed and 9pm Thu-Sat. However, a lot of stores have different closing times. The bigger shopping centers themselves are open until midnight to allow access to stores within that are open at those hours.

Cafes, takeaway food joints: McDonalds is usually 24 hours, KFC 10am-11pm and most non-chain takeaway shops close at about 9-10pm while pizza joints close at midnight.

Liquor stores open at 9am and close anywhere from 8pm to 11pm depending on the store. Some are open 9am-11pm 7 days, others 9am-8pm Mon-Wed, 9am-9pm Thu-Sat and 10am- 6pm Sunday

Getting wasted here on a Sunday is no issue, all alcohol retailers are open on that day.

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Old 05-12-2013, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Melbourne Australia
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Its a big wired, certain stores within the malls open until a bit later, for example with my local Westfiled, the mall officially shuts at 5.30, however the Woolworths and Coles (supermarkets) located within the mall are all open until 9 pm everyday as is the Kmart, and the David Jones (department Store) until 7pm.

I would agree however we are permanently stuck in the 70's as far as shopping hours are concerned. Not that that concerns me too much, I HATE shopping.
Shopping is one of my worst nightmare, and the major reason for that is crowds. In Melbourne supermarkets are open till midnight everyday. Some department stores also close at midnight and a few are 24 hours.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:50 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Netherlands:

Monday - Friday: 08.30 - 18.00 (supermarkets stay open until 20.00 or even 22.00)
Saturday: 08.30 - 17.00
Sunday: closed, unless there is a "koopzondag" (usually once a month) in which case the hours are the same as on Saturday.

According to the law, stores are allowed to be open from 06.00 to 22.00 but they have to be closed on Sundays, except for "koopzondagen" (maximum 12 a year). Right now there is legislation pending to change this law so that stores are allowed to open on Sundays as well. It's possible to get an exemption from this law though, in many bigger cities stores (or at least supermarkets) are open every Sunday.
I'm surprised stores are close on Sunday there. I thought Europe was becoming more secular. Elsewhere in the world stores are open on Sunday.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:51 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Hell no. More like 9.

I dont understand places that shut at those times. I mean people finish work later and the day has 8 hours left.
Yeah I haven't heard one good reason why stores here shouldn't close at 8pm every day instead of the usual 5:30-6pm. We have late night shopping once a week on Thursday, why not have that every night?
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:52 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Hours in Western Australia are similar to the rest of Australia, there are few 24 hour stores besides petrol stations and inner city convenience stores. Hours have been slowly relaxed over time, around 25 or so years ago Saturday morning trading was first allowed, and some states have moved to total deregulation. In practice, besides supermarkets and large retailers, most stores still trade in the 9am-6pm range throughout Australia.


In WA:
Monday-Friday: 9.00am-5.30pm
All major supermarkets and some department stores open until 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and are not permitted to trade beyond these hours, while IGA's that are not attached to a shopping centre have no restrictions but generally trade from 7-8am until 8-10pm 7 days a week. General late night trading until 9pm on Thursday in suburban shopping centres and on Friday in Perth and Fremantle CBD's.

Saturday: 9.00am-5.00pm

Sunday/Public Holiday (except Christmas/Good Friday): 11.00am-5.00pm (restrictions on larger retailers and shopping centres opening on Sundays outside the CBD areas were lifted recently, only a few years after a referendum where the public voted against such a proposal).
You mean Saturday afternoon trading was allowed?

Yeah it's high time. People work, it should be a no-brainer.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I'm surprised stores are close on Sunday there. I thought Europe was becoming more secular. Elsewhere in the world stores are open on Sunday.
The Netherlands is only a very small part of 'Europe', opening hours will differ in different European countries.
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Old 05-14-2013, 09:20 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The Netherlands is only a very small part of 'Europe', opening hours will differ in different European countries.
Well others in this thread mentioned Austria and Germany. I think my sister also said the same for Switzerland when she was there. I always thought Europe was more progressive, I'm surprised by this. Shopping malls started trading on Sundays just this year, but they've been doing it for many years in other states.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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I'm surprised stores are close on Sunday there. I thought Europe was becoming more secular. Elsewhere in the world stores are open on Sunday.
Sunday closing have for most part nothing to do with religion. It's purely based on secular reasons, such as day of rest, be able to spend time with family/friends, less traffic congestion, guaranteed weekend day off, etc.

Some parts of North America have Sunday closing as well, not only in Europe.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Finland
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One reason why supermarkets don't want to take advantage of the unrestricted opening hours here is that there's no logistics on weekends. Stores would have to fill everything up on Friday, and if they overestimate their sales, they will have a lot of bread, veggies, fish and so on which may go to the trash on Monday or Tuesday. Also they're cheapskates, and don't want to pay double salary for workers from 9 to 21 on Sundays, so they decide just to keep them open from 12 to 18.

Some grocery stores experimented with 24/7 opening hours, but they found the sales to be disappointing. Usually only smaller stores are open from 7 to 23, and often have just one worker a shift.
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