Several chain stores are looking to close their stores in malls an hour or two earlier because even before the coronavirus crisis, the final hours didn't see a profit. For the malls themselves, the last hours appear to be significantly more important, Estonian financial newspaper Äripäev writes.
At the request of Äripäev, owner of clothes-retailing Põlva Mall, Heinar Põldma, checked the visiting times of his 67 stores across Estonia during the half year from September 2019 to February 2020. There were 2.5 million visitors during that time, he said, and it was found that in half of the malls, employees were seving clients during the last couple of hours.
After the emergency situation, malls have allowed the stores to temporarily shorten their opening times and to open their stores separately from the mall's full hours. Kristjan Maaroos, Manager of the Rocca al Mare and Kristiine centers in Tallinn, told the newspaper that they will be understanding with those stores that choose to shorten their opening time until June 15, but it is still important for the customer that all stores have uniform opening times.
Editor: Roberta Vaino