Snow Day? Ways To Pass Retail Time.

Schools are canceled! Roads are closed! Grocery stores are near empty! And yet… you’re still working. Based on where your retail store is located (some locations have strict “no close” policies), what your preference is to do in such a situation or many other factors, there is a good chance you will be working in your store on a snowy, snowy day. Even with kids out of school and many other businesses closed, this doesn’t always mean you’ll be busy. In fact – there is a good chance you will be bored slow. So just how do you pass the time?

[tweetmeme]For starters, clean up. There’s no time like a snow day to get a jump start on spring cleaning. Bathrooms easily need some pick me up more often than not, and baseboards, wall trims and many other store decorative details get overlooked all too often in routine clean ups. Give some TLC to the nooks and crannies in your store that never seem to get much love. The result? A shinier, happier store!

If cleaning isn’t your thing (after all, there are great services for this!), there are many other things to do. Have a small project in mind but never know when to do it? Today’s the day! Assuming you have necessary materials or can easily get them, this is a great day to tackle small projects. Painting an accent wall, adding new store accessories (wall mirrors, curtains, etc.) or cleaning up your cash wrap / desk (junk always seems to pile up) are all great ways to put your snow day to good use.

If cleaning up or sprucing up aren’t on your immediate to do list, consider doing some customer service maintenance. Thank you notes, client detail lists, and customer promotion ideas are all ways to productively pass time. The best part? The time won’t be wasted since these are all great ways to keep customers happy, gain new clientele and maintain a strong retail business! And since it is a snow day… try to get some time in for sledding… or at least a warm, toasty drink from your local coffee shop!


  • Jane Hamill
    February 2, 2011

    Great ideas.
    I remember years ago when there was a snow day and I was in my shop wondering what the heck I was doing there. 5 minutes later one awesome customer X-country skied in and bought a ton of clothes! It was surreal. Then I locked up and went home.

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