News: Neillsville -
Stores Open Friday Evenings (Dec 1976)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 12/30/1976
Stores TO Open (Friday Evenings - 1976)
The confusion for Neillsville area shoppers appears to be ended. In the last half of 1976, consumers traveled to the community for an evening of browsing and buying and were never sure what stores were open what night.
At the beginning of 1976, Neillsville businessmen met and agreed unanimously that their traditional Friday evening store hours were not filling their needs for sales volumes. They voted and decided to switch the night of shopping from Friday to Monday.
Now the group, the Neillsville area chamber of commerce retail committee, has decided to return to the Friday evening shopping time schedule. Stores will no longer be open on Monday evenings.
The 1976 year was a trial time for the businessmen. According to a businessman, Monday evenings were “every bit as good” as the previous Friday evening openings. Some of the businessmen went further and stated that the Monday hours were better for their businesses. But the Monday hours created some problems for certain businesses and in order to create unity for shoppers, the merchants agreed to go back to Friday.
The first Friday evening for the community will be on January 7.
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