When I ask business people “how is trade?” I usually get the response, “it is tough out there”, which is very true.
However an incident that occurred last week left me speechless. People who know me will tell you that Halley’s Comet makes an appearance when I am speechless, but I digress.
Last Friday, I was parking my car in the central area of Blackpool on my way to a meeting.
A gentleman who was standing in a cafe doorway remarked that I was lucky to find a parking spot around the area. So I engaged in conversation with him and it transpires that he owns the cafe and that trade was that tough, he had only seen one customer since the previous Tuesday.
Having finished my meeting a couple of colleagues wanted to go for a cup of coffee so I suggested that we go to the aforementioned cafe.
At least he will get some much needed trade, I thought. When we arrived the owner was behind the counter, his assistant was sitting at a table with a friend having a cuppa.
I said hello and then he replied with the immortal words, “sorry we are closed”!
A main tourist area, next to the Golden Mile, on a Friday afternoon in June at 3pm, three people wanting to make a purchase, and the struggling business owner declares that he is shut for business!
Trade is tough on the streets but some business owners make it tough for themselves, especially when a staff member is smoking in the doorway of a shop, for example.
Must be a form of Business Euthanasia – the practice of intentionally ending a business in order to relieve pain and suffering by the owners.