After much thought and consideration, I have decided to make some changes to the hours that Glad Rags is open each week. Since purchasing the store over 13 years ago, the store hours have basically remained the same. Those hours have consistently been Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. We have always extended the store hours during special events such as Fall into Stockton or the Annual Christmas Walk and of course during our busy Prom Season. During the winter months over the past couple of years we have been closed an extra day each week because of the slow traffic and extra cost of heat, etc.
I am not just a store owner, but also a shopper in my own right and find that it is not always easy to shop at some stores because their hours are basically the same as mine, so I cannot shop because I am at work. I know this has to be the case for others, so I have decided to stay open later one night a week and longer on Saturdays. Our new hours effective on March 1st will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. I know that it will take time to get shoppers in the habit of these changes, but I hope that it will be a benefit to those who would like to shop but just can’t get into the store when I am normally open. I have looked at other stores in the downtown area and some are already open until 5:30 or 6 p.m. every night. We also have some service businesses that stay open later on Tuesday and or Thursday evenings. So that is why I chose Thursday to try the new extended hours.
Another reason that I chose Thursday is because I want to tie the day into some special and promotions that I will begin to run to help remind everyone of our special hours. Think of Thursdays as “Thrifty Thursday” to remember that we are open an extra hour for you. I have also decided to make every “Third Thursday” of the month a special shopping day and will remain open until 7 p.m. on those days and run some storewide specials to give everyone a good reason to shop during that time.
So I hope that you will help me spread the word of our new hours and try to come and see us during these times. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for more details on specials and sales. And as always, especially during Prom season, call us about extended hours for tuxedo fittings and remember if our Open Flag is flying – we are open to serve you!!