CHESTER shoppers have opted for later opening hours all year round, according to a Chronicle online survey.

More than 80% of people who responded said they would benefit if Chester’s shops stayed open later throughout the year.

Visitors and locals are asking why Chester ‘shuts’ at about 5pm when other retail centres stay open until 8 or 9pm.

In response to this, The Chronicle and Dee 106.3 launched a survey on, to see whether there was major support for later shop nights.

The evidence from other major UK towns and cities which have kept their high street shops open into the evening show businesses have benefited significantly – increasing their profits and creating jobs.

And so far, out of the 148 people who have taken our survey, 119 said they would benefit from shops staying open later, while 29 people said not.

When asked which days of the week would later shop nights be most beneficial, 16.2% said Monday, 22.5% Tuesday, 30.6% said Wednesday, 52.3% said Thursday, 49.5% Friday, 26.1% Saturday and 43.2% said all of the above.

Fifty six per cent of those who took the survey said they would like to see shops open until 8pm, while 3.6% said 6.30pm, 22.5% said 7pm and 9% 7.30pm. Just 8% said you would like to see shops open until 9-9.30pm, with some of you suggesting different opening hours each night and throughout the summer and winter. In response to morning opening hours, the majority of you surveyed – 40.3% – said 9am.

Asked whether there are factors which would prevent you from coming to Chester for late night shopping 72.1% said no and 27.9% said yes – many commenting that parking charges, lack of public transport and anti-social behaviour would deter you.

According to the survey, 85.5% of you support our campaign for later night retail openings in Chester.

And those of you who are yet to complete our quick online survey have until Sunday to do so.

If the survey continues to indicate support for later shop nights The Chronicle will lead a media campaign calling for businesses to respond, and for improvements to parking and public transport.