Don't despair - I'm opening on Christmas Day

Worcester News: Tu Nguyen Tu Nguyen

A SHOPKEEPER who opened for 12 hours on Christmas Day 2012 because he couldn’t afford to miss out on a day’s trade says he plans to do the same this year.

While thousands of people across Worcester open their presents and tuck into their Christmas meals tomorrow, Tu Nguyen’s Lifestyle Express store on Broad Street, Worcester will be open.

Mr Nguyen says footfall in the city centre has been good in recent years and is “hoping trade will be even better this year”.

“2012 wasn’t a very good year for us commercially, due to the unusually high frequency of rainfall that we’d experienced that year, which really affects trade for a convenience store business like ourselves,” said the 33-year-old.

“We simply could not afford to miss out on a days’ worth of trade that year, not matter how little it might be. This seemed to be a common thread amongst local independent businesses like ourselves in the area.

“According to our records, the turnover for that day was higher than our normal Sunday take-ins, and only slightly lower than our normal week day take-ins, so (it was) a success overall.”

The shop, as well as being a convenience store, also hosts a games store.

Mr Nguyen said Christmas Day last year saw sunny weather which may have encouraged people out of their homes for a stroll and into the shop. He is hoping for the same this year.

The independent store, which usually opens 15 hours a day, will trade from 10am to 10pm.

His three members of staff will do alternate shifts on extra pay, with Mr Nguyen saying they all chose to work it.

“We will be opening on Christmas day again this year, both Lifestyle Express and Manaleak.com, which is our hobby-games store,” he said.

“We will open from 10am -10pm and hope that the trade will be even better this year, now that more people know that we are open on Christmas Days.”

Meanwhile, the young owner of a hair and nail business will also be trading on Christmas Day.

“It is the best time of the year really for people who want to pamper themselves, so it makes sense,” said former Christopher Whitehead High School pupil Kay Smedley, 25, who has just set up Scandalust, a mobile hair and nail business.

“I need to get the business up and running.”

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12:12pm Tue 24 Dec 13

dave cus says...

good! (don't belive the hype)
good! (don't belive the hype) dave cus

1:46pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mauro balbino says...

Meet the toy-shop entrepreneur who puts Christian values before profit (and yes, he will be shutting up shop on Christmas day):


http://www.independe
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shut-case-meet-the-t
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Meet the toy-shop entrepreneur who puts Christian values before profit (and yes, he will be shutting up shop on Christmas day): http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/busine ss/news/an-open-and- shut-case-meet-the-t oyshop-entrepreneur- who-puts-christian-v alues-before-profit- 9020224.html mauro balbino

2:11pm Tue 24 Dec 13

jabroner says...

Theres more to life than work
Theres more to life than work jabroner

3:42pm Tue 24 Dec 13

broken6 says...

To millions of people in this country, December 25 is just a normal day. So why shouldn't they work?

They have their own religious holidays which they celebrate. They also don't see the need to judge people work on those days. So to judge people who wish to work on December 25 is definately NOT a Christian thing to do!
To millions of people in this country, December 25 is just a normal day. So why shouldn't they work? They have their own religious holidays which they celebrate. They also don't see the need to judge people work on those days. So to judge people who wish to work on December 25 is definately NOT a Christian thing to do! broken6

4:20pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mauro balbino says...

Journalism impels us to show the other side.
No judgement was made, but the ones by broken6.

Definitively, December 25 is not a normal day.
At least in a Christian Kingdom.

And I wonder how people know Mr Nguyen's religion.
Was it an assumption based on... judgement?
Journalism impels us to show the other side. No judgement was made, but the ones by broken6. Definitively, December 25 is not a normal day. At least in a Christian Kingdom. And I wonder how people know Mr Nguyen's religion. Was it an assumption based on... judgement? mauro balbino

5:03pm Tue 24 Dec 13

pinkfluff says...

mauro balbino wrote:
Journalism impels us to show the other side.
No judgement was made, but the ones by broken6.

Definitively, December 25 is not a normal day.
At least in a Christian Kingdom.

And I wonder how people know Mr Nguyen's religion.
Was it an assumption based on... judgement?
I don't see a judgement in the comment made by broken6.

Religion isn't mentioned in the article and nor should it matter.

Looks like an article about free publicity to me.
[quote][p][bold]mauro balbino[/bold] wrote: Journalism impels us to show the other side. No judgement was made, but the ones by broken6. Definitively, December 25 is not a normal day. At least in a Christian Kingdom. And I wonder how people know Mr Nguyen's religion. Was it an assumption based on... judgement?[/p][/quote]I don't see a judgement in the comment made by broken6. Religion isn't mentioned in the article and nor should it matter. Looks like an article about free publicity to me. pinkfluff

5:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mauro balbino says...

Dear pinkfluff,
Thanks for your comment.

I referred to the following assertion, a judgement itself:

"So to judge people who wish to work on December 25 is definately NOT a Christian thing to do!"
Dear pinkfluff, Thanks for your comment. I referred to the following assertion, a judgement itself: "So to judge people who wish to work on December 25 is definately NOT a Christian thing to do!" mauro balbino

6:06pm Tue 24 Dec 13

broken6 says...

Firstly . I wrote a statement , not a judgement.

Surely Christ teaches us that you shouldn't judge people? Therefore a true Christian wouldn't judge someone! Therefore I stand by that statement.

I also didn't say that everyone who sees December 25 as a normal day follows another religion.

Finally, by posting a link to a story that has nothing to do with this story, you have brought religion into the mix.

I also agree with pinkfluff. This is a non story. Just free advertising.
Firstly . I wrote a statement , not a judgement. Surely Christ teaches us that you shouldn't judge people? Therefore a true Christian wouldn't judge someone! Therefore I stand by that statement. I also didn't say that everyone who sees December 25 as a normal day follows another religion. Finally, by posting a link to a story that has nothing to do with this story, you have brought religion into the mix. I also agree with pinkfluff. This is a non story. Just free advertising. broken6

7:36pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mauro balbino says...

I don't pretend to be a true Christian.
And I don't claim it.

"Christmas day" is the article's title.
And the religious connotations are obvious.
Nothing was brought into the mix.

Furthermore, I do believe both articles relate in their opposite views.
Both are legitimate options from businessmen for Dec 25.

"They have their own religious holidays which they celebrate."

Yes, indeed, broken6 didn't say "that everyone who sees December 25 (...)".
But assume Mr Nguyen professing another faith in the argument.
Maybe the gentleman has no faith at all, that's not the point.

The point being in a Christian Kingdom is virtually impossible Christmas to be a normal day.

The date implies some values and they are not to be found on bank notes.

Some people profess, some people don't.
What we do agree with is pinkfluff's categorizing the article as "free advertising".
I don't pretend to be a true Christian. And I don't claim it. "Christmas day" is the article's title. And the religious connotations are obvious. Nothing was brought into the mix. Furthermore, I do believe both articles relate in their opposite views. Both are legitimate options from businessmen for Dec 25. "They have their own religious holidays which they celebrate." Yes, indeed, broken6 didn't say "that everyone who sees December 25 (...)". But assume Mr Nguyen professing another faith in the argument. Maybe the gentleman has no faith at all, that's not the point. The point being in a Christian Kingdom is virtually impossible Christmas to be a normal day. The date implies some values and they are not to be found on bank notes. Some people profess, some people don't. What we do agree with is pinkfluff's categorizing the article as "free advertising". mauro balbino

8:56pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Kimmy739057 says...

I live in this so called 'Christian Kingdom' yet Christmas for me is not a remotely religious affair at all. I stick up a tree and give presents.

I don't work on Christmas Day because my company effectively still pays me as all bank holidays are paid holiday. Not everyone has this luxury. If taking time off on Christmas Day affected my pay then I would definitely have to think twice about not working.

In these harsh economic times it's totally understandable and reasonable for people to work on Christmas Day and they shouldn't be judged for it.
I live in this so called 'Christian Kingdom' yet Christmas for me is not a remotely religious affair at all. I stick up a tree and give presents. I don't work on Christmas Day because my company effectively still pays me as all bank holidays are paid holiday. Not everyone has this luxury. If taking time off on Christmas Day affected my pay then I would definitely have to think twice about not working. In these harsh economic times it's totally understandable and reasonable for people to work on Christmas Day and they shouldn't be judged for it. Kimmy739057

9:10pm Tue 24 Dec 13

broken6 says...

Mauro. I never once "assumed" (or cared) what faith Mr Nguyen follows.

I've said (this is the third time!) millions of people don't see December 25 as anything but a normal day. Mr Nguyen obviously is one of these,

Let's not forget it wasn't that long ago that it seemed outragious that shops would open on a Sunday!
Mauro. I never once "assumed" (or cared) what faith Mr Nguyen follows. I've said (this is the third time!) millions of people don't see December 25 as anything but a normal day. Mr Nguyen obviously is one of these, Let's not forget it wasn't that long ago that it seemed outragious that shops would open on a Sunday! broken6

10:33pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Samboy says...

A few years back I was on my way to Church in Worcester on Christmas morning from the village in which I live when I saw a 14 year old lad from the village walking into Worcester. Gave him a lift. He was going to try and find a shop which was open to get some soup for his father who had been violently sick but felt he could take some soup. We eventually found a shop, run by an Indian, (I think) in Wylds Lane. As a committed Christian, I am sure Jesus would have approved and had something to say about the pious nonsense churned out above.
A few years back I was on my way to Church in Worcester on Christmas morning from the village in which I live when I saw a 14 year old lad from the village walking into Worcester. Gave him a lift. He was going to try and find a shop which was open to get some soup for his father who had been violently sick but felt he could take some soup. We eventually found a shop, run by an Indian, (I think) in Wylds Lane. As a committed Christian, I am sure Jesus would have approved and had something to say about the pious nonsense churned out above. Samboy

10:19pm Fri 27 Dec 13

scolesy says...

Wish our local shop was open,but NO, closed for two days,,,,TWO DAYS!!!!
Had to run and I mean RUN!!!!! 3 miles there and 3 back , with very tight cheeks,as we forgot the bog roll on the list of Crimbo fair (bloody sprouts!!) So does it really matter which faith or what ever we prey to, as long as some thing is open???
Wish our local shop was open,but NO, closed for two days,,,,TWO DAYS!!!! Had to run and I mean RUN!!!!! 3 miles there and 3 back , with very tight cheeks,as we forgot the bog roll on the list of Crimbo fair (bloody sprouts!!) So does it really matter which faith or what ever we prey to, as long as some thing is open??? scolesy

1:40am Sat 28 Dec 13

Jabbadad says...

Well although I am not deep into any re;ligion, what do they say about He who casts the first stone.
There has been hundreds of thousands of people who have eaten out on Christamas and Boxing Days. Their meals have been propared , cooked and served by just ordinary folk, some good christians, does this make the staff or customers not good christians?
Christmas is so comercialised these days that we are too far from the days of doing good for others, so I am well pleased when I know that also there will be hundreds if not thousands who are helping to cook and serve food to those who live on the streets, does that make them good or bad christians? The church's are open, the Vicars and Co are working , does that make them bad christians?
All that is needed is that perhaps instead of spending huge ammounts on well provided for Children and family members, that we all spend a little less and donate to charities such as WaterAid which tries to help investment in creating water supplies so that Thousands of Children Don't die each day, Including Christmas Day from not having clean water to drink.
Well although I am not deep into any re;ligion, what do they say about He who casts the first stone. There has been hundreds of thousands of people who have eaten out on Christamas and Boxing Days. Their meals have been propared , cooked and served by just ordinary folk, some good christians, does this make the staff or customers not good christians? Christmas is so comercialised these days that we are too far from the days of doing good for others, so I am well pleased when I know that also there will be hundreds if not thousands who are helping to cook and serve food to those who live on the streets, does that make them good or bad christians? The church's are open, the Vicars and Co are working , does that make them bad christians? All that is needed is that perhaps instead of spending huge ammounts on well provided for Children and family members, that we all spend a little less and donate to charities such as WaterAid which tries to help investment in creating water supplies so that Thousands of Children Don't die each day, Including Christmas Day from not having clean water to drink. Jabbadad

9:43am Sat 28 Dec 13

it700x says...

Nothing wrong with this.
Nothing wrong with this. it700x

9:19am Tue 31 Dec 13

FourWFR says...

Nice bit of free advertising for him.

Why or how is this 'news'?
Nice bit of free advertising for him. Why or how is this 'news'? FourWFR

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