I hate the fact that shops shut at 5 pm. It is inconvenient, especially because in the summer it still feels like the middle of the day.
Recently, Debenhams, the last bastion of post 5 pm closing times in Derby, stopped opening until 7 pm. The reason, I assume, being that no-one wants to buy things in the evening.
It makes sense that companies will monitor when they are selling things, and if no-one is buying anything then they will not open. As a result from now on I am only buying things in the last half hour of opening. That way they will see there is a demand.
Obviously if it is just me, then it won’t have any impact. So pass the advice on to your friends.