Monday, 21 April 2014
Been to Worcester today since it's the Bank Holiday and the weather was nice.
Worcester is the sort of picturesque town (yeah, I know it's technically a city but calling it a city gives entirely the wrong mental picture) with half-timbered buildings and loads of shops that gets Midlanders saying "it's a Bank Holiday and the weather is nice, let's have a lazy day out in Worcester". So the place was full of tourists milling around and browsing the many shops, of which Worcester has a number all out of keeping with it's size and importance. Lots of families, lots of young kids.
You run a shop in Worcester, you keep it open on Bank Holidays and summery Sundays. Mana Leak was open, Videodrome was open.
So, of course, Games Workshop was shut.
I know that GWs have recently started adopting pointless opening hours more in keeping with a second-hand bookshop run by somebody who is disinterested in actually selling books and seeing customers but to keep a glorified toy shop shut on a major shopping/tourism day in a town in which much of the Midlands decamps to on that day? What?
I checked their opening hours on Facebook. Apparently they weren't open on Bank Holiday Monday because they don't open Mondays. Or Tuesdays. So they are only open five days a week. And the opening hours of the other days don't show any consistency either with 1100 to 1700 on Wednesday and Thursday (i.e. shutting as people finish work), 1200 to 2000 on Friday, 1000 to 1800 on Saturday and 1100-1700 on Sunday.
(That latter is something that annoys me about Sunday Opening Hours in England and Wales. The original 1990s post-Sunday Trading Bill standard of 10-4 seems to be tweaked to 11-5 in some places creating a big endian/little endian issue whereby you never really know when a shop will open or close and you get turned away from Tescos Burnt Tree by security staff at five to four on a Sunday because you thought you had a hour to do your shopping. Standardisation eh?)
These are not the hours of a major high street retail chain. These are the hours of a tiny one-man band business that can't get the staff in to cover.
This isn't a criticism of the staff or management of GW Worcester as frankly all GWs seem to be going that way. GW Birmingham doesn't open on Tuesday or Wednesday! It's clearly a problem of trying to run shops on inadequate numbers of staff in the interests of skimping on costs. But both those shops (Brum and Worcester) are in excellent positions in the centre of large shopping areas (presumably not cheap) and if you have to leave both fallow for two weekdays each and every week and can't respond to busy shopping days that fall in this 48 hour period, what the fucking fuck are you doing trying to run shops Workshop?