Market Opening Timings

portia.gifMarkets in Karachi (at least) open late. This is getting into a vicious cycle. The shop keepers maintain that customers do not turn up earlier than such and such time. The general public gets out late for their market chores because they know the shops will open up late.

This is going on for a long time now. In certain areas, the market opening time has even cross beyond 2 pm which means that we loose a good amount of daylight to conduct business.

[The snap is of the reverse side of the ramp of the newly built KPT Interchange at what used to be Hino Chowrangi.]

Getting up late in the morning, having a very late dinner and going to bed very, very late seems to be the order of the city and it is getting more of a trade mark of the city. In this backdrop, efforts by a big fabric outlet seem to be interesting. They are luring customers with a 11% discount if they are ready to get up early and come to shop to the place between 9 am and 2 pm.

How do you view the current practice of late market opening in Karachi? Would you like to see any change? What would it be?

15 Comments so far

  1. Zainub (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 9:25 pm

    These shopkeepers, such liars they are if they told you it was all because of the customers showing up late. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve turned up at Gulf/Metro/Aashiana/Uzma before 12 to wait for shops to open! They’re lazy themselves! This practice is deplorable of course, they should open their shops at 8/9 like the rest of the working community. Portia might be one of in this, and I don’t know if they routinely open their shops before 12 or not, but if they do and customers don’t show up, even then I wouldn’t lay the blame purely on the customers. When 90% of the shops are not open, you can’t blame us for presuming the remaining 10% wont be opne before noon either and consequentially turn up later.


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 9:26 pm

    YES! VOTE TO THAT.

    WITH DUE RESPECTs to “MEMONs'” they are the ONLY culprits of delayed working hours of the markets.

    In this respect I love Rawalpindi / Islamabad / Peshawer/ Faisalabad/ Quetta – The people there start at day break or latest by 7.30 AM and ease out at sundown, or by ISHA Azan, life at peace and less of health issues.


  3. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 10:06 pm

    Could you please tell where did you take this pic ? The roads look clean and bridge walls have no “paan peek” at all. Amazing. Looks awesome if you consider it is in Karachi.


  4. FREEDOM $ ALL (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 10:07 pm

    This is extremly sad. People have to be lazy there to open shops so late. Why don’t customers go on street and get these business to open ON TIME, WHICH IS 8 AM”. Paki people need to do a lot for there country. Because of the people the politicians, business owners, police and crupt government official. I think it’s time the whole(as one nations, not separate subas) we should step up to the plate and hold every single government official responsible. And plz to just blame Mushi for all of this, all the political parties are responsible for this mess. No party is ever wrong, n all the other parties are never right. No party in the whole freaking country wants to devide the power, they all want it for them self, and there old leaders(like Banizer and Nawaz). NEW FACES AND NEW PARTIES AND THENThis is extremly sad. People have to be lazy there to open shops so late. Why don’t customers go on street and get these business to open ON TIME, WHICH IS 8 AM”. Paki people need to do a lot for there country. Because of the people the politicians, business owners, police and crupt government official. I think it’s time the whole(as one nations, not separate subas) we should step up to the plate and hold every single government official responsible. And plz to just blame Mushi for all of this, all the political parties are responsible for this mess. No party is ever wrong, n all the other parties are never right. No party in the whole freaking country wants to devide the power, they all want it for them self, and there old leaders(like Banizer and Nawaz). NEW FACES AND NEW PARTIES AND THEN< ONLY THEN WE WILL HAVE A NEW COUNTRY


  5. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

    OBI pic seems to be of ‘under’ the overhead bridge on the shaheed millat road extension commonly known as korangi bypass the shell pump on the right handside (of the picture) and on left hand is approach road to defence view & iqra university parallel to that.,

    please correct me if am wrong.


  6. Huzefa L (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

    I think 10am is a decent time to open. Shop owners should show up before this time and take care of cleaning and setup.

    This is something that is in the interests of shop owners themselves. But you can’t force them to open early. However, you might be able to make them to consider opening early by placing a note on their shutter each time you arrive and the store is closed.

    Stores should definitely display their operating hours outside though.


  7. Balma (unregistered) on November 9th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    What, no naajaaiz-tujavizaat under this bridge! Not used as truck stand yet. No kooRaa kirkat?
    No one selling fruits? No najoomis? I even see traffic lanes? What are they for?

    Is this picture of Karachi or some clean place?
    The only Karachi like thingy is this ad on the pillar? Or, may be they are paying for it (I hope so).


  8. zakir (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:40 am

    How can we just blame the shop keepers, look at the whole country , we our self eat dinner late , we go to bed late, our weddings are getting late , we are always late on parties, Our railway is late , our flights are late, so why just blame the shopkeepers for opening their shop late.Its the culture we have developed and we need to change the whole system.I live in Hong Kong, its not that people here dont dine late but a common man is not effected.If I chose to shop early I know the shop would open at 10:00am , if I want to shop late, there are places which are open late until midninght.Well I dont want to praise Hong kong , but yes, they have made the system which is convenient for them and we( every individual) have to work towards it.


  9. zakir (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:40 am

    How can we just blame the shop keepers, look at the whole country , we our self eat dinner late , we go to bed late, our weddings are getting late , we are always late on parties, Our railway is late , our flights are late, so why just blame the shopkeepers for opening their shop late.Its the culture we have developed and we need to change the whole system.I live in Hong Kong, its not that people here dont dine late but a common man is not effected.If I chose to shop early I know the shop would open at 10:00am , if I want to shop late, there are places which are open late until midninght.Well I dont want to praise Hong kong , but yes, they have made the system which is convenient for them and we( every individual) have to work towards it.


  10. zakir (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    How can we just blame the shop keepers, look at the whole country , we our self eat dinner late , we go to bed late, our weddings are getting late , we are always late on parties, Our railway is late , our flights are late, so why just blame the shopkeepers for opening their shop late.Its the culture we have developed and we need to change the whole system.I live in Hong Kong, its not that people here dont dine late but a common man is not effected.If I chose to shop early I know the shop would open at 10:00am , if I want to shop late, there are places which are open late until midninght.Well I dont want to praise Hong kong , but yes, they have made the system which is convenient for them and we( every individual) have to work towards it.


  11. Kalay-azaar (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 10:23 am

    4 years ago the shops began opening around 11 am the business picked up around 12 noon. A month ago I walked into one of the few open shops in the electronics market A.H. Road and they were begining to set up there merchandise there. I was greeted with gusts of dust blowen into my face by the cleaner doing the “jharoo”.
    We do waste a lot of daylight time this way. And on top of that when the shopkeepers are asked to shut down early to save energy, they go on strike! We just don’t want to follow rule and act like juveniles and want to do as we please. We demand from the government like we do from our parents. But we do not care about what our responsibilities are.
    Just imagine how much electricity we will save if we open up at 9:30am and close at 6:30pm.
    As for the excuse that customers come in late….. the customers have to buy stuff they need. They will come in whenever the shops are open. In this regard I would put the onus of late openings on the shopkeepers themselves who choose to enjoy life late and hence open business much later in the day.
    Also we should start thinking of taking a regular week day as a holiday for some big markets and allow them to open on Sundays. This will take care of the rush, traffic and parking problem. I think Zainab market is successfully doing this these days.


  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    I wish we as NATION can understand and utilise the daylight more then anyone else on globe.

    if we look at sunrise and sunset timings in winter in Karachi the sunlight hours are in minimum of 9 hours from October 15th till March 15th.

    BUT ALAS, Even when Musharraf tried to implement that,

    Islam Khatray mai par gaya tha, Mullah ke izzat dao par lag gayee thee,


  13. IUnknown (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 11:18 pm

    haa!! nice point discussed by Tee Emm here.

    yes, this is getting very usual now that shops open very late. I think we can conserve electricity if we follow, eary tpo bed and early to rise thing


  14. munazza umer (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 11:04 am

    Im an art student and the late opening of the shops affects me and my work schedule terribly..we have to go out in search of threads and cloth and other material but nothing here in khi opens before 11:00 so we lose out on a lot of time as college commences at 8:30 for us..there are deadlines to be met and we as students are suffering beacuse of this..


  15. Rehan Akber (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    i can totally sympathise with you..these shopkeepers are all in it together..and its really gonna take something to get through to them..



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