Retailers do not want shopping evenings and Sundays to be canceled, as the cabinet may intend. According to INretail, the trade association for non-food shops, the measure will not on balance lead to less traffic on the street.
Last night it was announced that the cabinet is considering the corona measure to ban late night shopping and Sundays, so that it becomes quieter on the street. However, the scrapping of extra buying moments means that it becomes busier at other times, while spreading people remains the solution for safe shopping.
“The shopping evening had been wearing out for a while,” says Paul te Grotenhuis of INretail. “But that’s no reason to stop. We want to make shopping days longer on Fridays and Saturdays. We have been working on that with thirteen large cities since the summer. The scrapping has the opposite effect.”
According to openinghours.nl, 319 of the 355 municipalities in the Netherlands have a shopping evening and 323 of the 355 municipalities have a shopping Sunday one or more times a month.
Market research agency Locatus has installed sensors in several large cities to measure the traffic on the street. In six major cities, 10.8 percent of weekly visitors went to the shopping street on Sundays. On Thursday evening that was 3.9 percent.
ING monitors debit card payments that are made in all types of shops, including supermarkets. This shows that about 8 percent of the weekly debit card payments are made on Sundays. “If you were to close the stores on Sunday, that does not mean that those 8 percent purchases will suddenly no longer be made,” says ING economist Marten van Garderen. “In fact, it will most likely shift to another moment.”
Van Garderen gives the example of buying a bicycle. “On Saturday people are usually busy with shopping and sports, so Sunday is a nice day to be able to buy something like this in peace. But if that is not possible on Sunday, you have to do it at a different time, because you have to have that bike anyway. So it will probably be busier on other days. “