21 December 2005

Belconnen Mall's 32 hourror shop -- without Our Haley

| Kerces
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Yes folks, it’s on again: Westfield have decided that the shopkeepers of Belconnen Mall love their stores soooo much that they’ll want to stay in them for 32 hours straight this Friday and Saturday (23 and 24 DEC 05).

From all tales, last year’s trial of this was rather successful with the shops reportedly busy until 2-3am and then again starting from around 6am.

Again, as with last year, centre management has managed to rope in some celebrity gift-wrappers to attract the all-night shoppers. From memory this year’s guests include some actor from Home and Away and Mark Parton of 106.3FM.

And in a blow for Our Haley’s supporters, Anne Robertson, runner up in this year’s Australian Idol, will be performing at 10pm. Why is this a blow for Our Haley, I hear you ask. Well, sure, this Christmas she might be divaing it up in Iraq, but last year she was at the 32-hour trade and was limited to present-wrapping only, her contract with Idol forbidding her to sing to her adoring fans.

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jamius maximus4:01 pm 29 Dec 05

We rocked up at 2:30 and left at 4:30. There were still some shoppers around, quite a few in k-mart and JB’s in particular, although a little after 3:30am the number of shop assistants started to outweigh the shoppers.

It is very bizzare being in a mall at that time. I had a little nap from 10:30 – 2 so I could be reasonaly awake, but it was still very dream-like.

i’m tempted to go just to be random, and see how many people are around.
although the idea of being awake at that hour of the morning on my own initiative concerns me.. so i’ll probably just sleep instead.

Way of the WallMart – if consumers keep ‘demanding’ longer trading hours just because at 11pm at night they feel like heading down the mall to pick up a new spice rack, then the Westfields of the world will respond with longer trading hours.

I think it should be optional for the actual traders to decide what hours they keep (within reason) rather than the compulsory arrangements that have to be followed due to being located in a megamall.

The sooner govt allows for more shopfront trading in the form of the high st the better.

After the last couple of years of midnight/all night trading, the big chains have finally cottoned on to the fact that you can’t make a buck with stupid trading hours in Canberra. In my experience, the only people in the shops at 2am are night-shifters, druggies and the odd insomniac chef; none of whom have any money anyway.

Bulldog, unfortunately the kind of people who will be out shopping are currently either having their computer repossessed so couldn’t read this blog, out hanging their flannel shirts on the washing line, or already at the mall dressed like a skank, with their belly rolling over their tight miniskirt/jeans/combination of the two.

Bulldog, at least this year the mall’s not doing several midnight trades as well as the horrendous all-nighter.

In fact, we’ve been closing at regular times right up until this week, when we’re closed by the respectable time of 7pm.

Not sure what the other shopping centres are doing, certainly Woden doesn’t have the 32-hour even they too are a Westfield now.

Good for you. What ReichFeldt – I mean Westfield need is a big kick in the arse. Consumers – you can stop this kind of bullshit by not attending the 36 hour sale after the old Christmas closing time of 8.00pm or whatever it was. It’s wrong that people are having to work these ridiculous hours and that the cattle in this town come to expect it.

I was at bunning s the other day when a thirty something who was looking at a one litre tin of paint asked the guy helping her what time they were open until. He answered that Bunning was open until 9.00pm seven days. Her answer (believe it or not) was “What – only 9.00pm?”

Unfknblvbl. Retail employees are still getting shafted and Joe Public’s ecpectation is that the shops should always be open just in case they feel like like spending a little bit of their “well earned” money.

No I’m not bitter at all…well, maybe a little – so go give yourselves an uppercut if you think this is a good idea.

Yes I work in the Mall and no I’m not having to work in the middle of the night (thank god), just on either side of the night. And they tried to stop us being allowed to buy tea, coffee, biscuits and the like with company money but the amanger kept doing it anyway, especially in this kind of situation.

Does Kerces work at Belco Mall ?

Can’t say I’ve ever seen her there…

Good employers do providce their staff with this sort of thing and more Jey.

over time they get better staff doing a better job for piddling costs.

lets leave the bad ones to drown on their own rather than try and regulate the world eh?

Are you forced to work at some absurd hour, Kerces?
I reckon employers should provide staff with free coffee and the like.

mmm…might be hayley but it doesn’t really worry me one way or the other. Until I start getting threatening phone calls from her family of course.

And who says you need money to shop? I reckon a lot of people’ll turn up just to see who on earth would be in the Mall at 2am.

no offence, but isnt it Hayley? 🙂
Hmm, i might go. But shopping requires me to have some money..

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