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Hours of Operation

Stores vary in their hours. Most stores open between 8:00 am and 10:00 am in the morning and stay open until 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturday. Depending on local laws, stores might be open Sunday for part of the day. American stores never follow the practice common in other parts of the world of closing for lunch.

Some retailers will remain open until 9:00 or 10:00 pm several days a week, and many discount stores remain open late every day. It is common in shopping malls for all stores to remain open late several times a week or every weekday. Supermarkets usually remain open until 9:00 pm and convenience stores and restaurants often operate on a 24-hour-a-day basis. Note, however, that most banks close at 3:00 pm and most offices close at 5:00 pm.

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