Retailers prefer to wait before opening

Des détaillants préfèrent attendre avant d’ouvrir

Even if they could reopen, many retailers have preferred to keep their doors closed on Monday, as the brands IKEA, Benjo and Simons.

In recent days, traders have entrusted to the Journal that they feared that traffic is not at the rendez-vous at the resumption of activities. They felt that the addition of the weight of the wage bill could further weaken the financial health of their organization.

“The return to normal will take some time. The fact opening completely, without the certainty that clients may cool some of the retailers. Others may wish to go a more measured to control their costs,” says the Journal, professor at the Faculty of administrative sciences of Laval University Yan Cimon.

Since Monday, Québec enables businesses that have an outside access to host of new clients. Stores in the Montreal metropolitan Community, and those located in shopping centres, however, must still wait.

At IKEA, the retailer has chosen to maintain the closure of its store network. The plan of the Swedish giant should soon be unveiled.

“Our teams are working hard to take the measures and precautions necessary to ensure a warm and safe place for our employees and our customers,” says spokesperson Kristin Newbigging.

At la Maison Simons, The management is now aiming for the may 19, for the opening of its stores across the province. Of the side retailer of toys Benjo in Saint-Roch, no date has yet been set.

“We’re a destination where people can live experiences, among other things, with our train rides and animation. I do not feel ready at the operational level. I preferred to see how this is going to be going on around me,” notes the director of Benjo, Valérie Hamel, whose company is currently on its online sales.

At Decathlon, Sainte-Foy, an employee said that the sign of outdoor items should be open to the public from Thursday. Same thing for the banner Jysk in shopping center Fleur de Lys.

The closures?

According to professor Yan Cimon, some traders could adjust in the course of the next few days, their activities as a function of the traffic. Some may reduce their number of days of opening and even choose to close their stores to protect their liquidity.

“If the trade-in line of a company works very well, and that physical activities do not have the expected performance, it is clear that it will be attempted to review the geometry of the opening hours”, said Mr. Cimon.

The question of the available workforce could also re-surface and cause a headache for entrepreneurs.

“In the coming weeks, this could be a challenge. There are people that will enjoy the support of government is sometimes more advantageous than the wage that is offered in their employment,” says Cimon.

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