I live in a state where most retail ( grocery stores being the exception) closes between 5 and 6 pm. Once a week the big shopping centres are open until 9. For the suburban centres this is Thursday, the CBD is open late on Friday.
We needed a frame for my stepbrother’s 40th birthday present so we mounted an expedition to IKEA. And it was an expedition. We live about half an hour away, on a good day. Today was not a good day. We had a big storm blow through aroun 4, and at 6:30 the effects were still present, the freeway was not moving well.
Typical IKEA experience- went for a frame, came home with a hundred dollars of other stuff, plus frame.