Given the challenges that face the LBS it surprises me that many still are closed on weekend days, especially Sunday, or have reduced hours.
It just strikes me as odd in a market where the goods sold no longer differentiate, but the service and accessibility are what keeps the doors open that shops are open during regular weekday business hours with limited hours on weekends. Logically I’d think it would be more value to the shopper in reverse – close shop Mon/Tues, be open into the evenings and have more open hours on weekends. But who knows, maybe there’s a dynamic to the retail side of the bike shop that isn’t apparent to anyone outside the biz??
Most bike shops I visit are open on Sundays, though only during summer hours, which makes sense.
Now, seeing that most shops close at 5 or 6 during winter hours doesn’t make much sense to me. You’d think they would open later to stay open later, to 7pm or so. Given that majority of the work force works until at least 5 or 6pm. Then again, maybe sales are so slow during winter months that it really doesn’t matter. Kind of like how majority of ski shops close up entirely once the local hills shut down.
My local shop is open 9-5:30 M-F, and 9-5 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays – everyone needs a riding day!
They host many group rides after work or on weekends, so they are at the shop much longer on those days.
I don’t expect them to be open anymore hours than that. I’m not going shopping on Sunday.
I often want to pop by my LBS on Sundays, but usually the hours (12-5 I think) get in the way. I don’t really understand any retail operation being closed Sunday, when I’m sure most people want to deal with this kinda thing on weekends or after 5. Can’t help but think people just shop less on Sunday cause they assume more places might be closed, which is really a remnant of Sunday closings like 20 years ago.
That said, I would assume shop owners know their customers well enough to be open when they are most in demand. Heck, shop employees can ride on Monday mornings, too.