If I really want to buy that sweet tasting mizithra from the Agora market in the town or some locally raised pork from a small butcher, I have to go home first and come back into town when the shops open in the afternoon (which is actually evening to most people in Western countries), thereby spending more time and money on the road. I could also hang around doing nothing, or spending money on cafes, until the shops open. Or I can just buy a substitute product from the supermarket which is open all hours of the day on my way home from work. And that's what I usually do, of course, and I end up buying all sorts of other stuff from the supermarket while I'm there, so small shops usually miss out on getting their fair share of my money, since I can get stationery, underwear, slippers and even crockery at the supermarket.
I've noticed that some small businesses are now starting to operate all day, eg many chemists, some large fashion outlets, a few butchers, among others (while the κινέζοι and the gypsies have always done so). Whenever I see such businesses open, I make a mental note to remember to support them. They're embracing the new world, however harsh it may seem, and I'd rather have them succeed instead of the businesses that close down at lunchtime and re-open in the afternoon. But when I hang around in town after work, waiting for my kids to finish their after-school activities, I generally don't see many businesses open, so there's absolutely nowhere for me to shop at, except at the supermarkets or the souvenir shops, and I definitely don't need the services of the latter.
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