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The state of local retail 2020: Atlanta, GA.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Atlanta. The result is a comprehensive look at when local retail businesses make the most money, when they process the most transactions, and when customers tend to spend a little extra when they're out shopping.

The impact of COVID-19 on Atlanta retail businesses.

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Atlanta have faced unprecidented challenges all year.

So before we take a look back at 2019, it's important to keep in mind the impact that COVID-19 has had on local retailers. According to our data, the average Atlanta retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 22% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 13% of retailers in Atlanta that were transacting before the pandemic hit were closed as of the last week of October.

Our research has shown that some types of retail businesses have fared quite well during the pandemic (sporting goods stores, home improvement stores, etc.), while others (clothing stores, book stores, etc.) have struggled. Whether a local retail business has struggled or thrived through 2020, this report gives insight on which days and months will be extra important for retailers in this unpredictable year.

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How much do retail shops in Atlanta make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Atlanta brought in $1,125 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 14 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $79.62 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,125 14 $79.62
     

 

What days of the week are retail shops in Atlanta busiest?

Fridays and Saturdays are busy at retail shops across the country, and things were no different for Atlanta retail businesses.

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Atlanta came in on that day alone. On average, only 39% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Atlanta, making it easily the slowest day of the week overall.

 

Among the businesses who did keep their doors open, Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Atlanta retail businesses processing an average of 19 transactions per day.

 

 

Atlanta locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $89.12 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when lower-ticket-item shops are perhaps more likely to remain open than higher-end boutiques.

 

 

What time of year do retail shops in Atlanta make the most money?

Atlanta locals clearly love to shop regardless of the season, but what does the average year look like from week to week at retail shops in Atlanta? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Atlanta retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

3/1/19

12/14/19

Friday Friday Saturday Friday Saturday

 

Atlanta retail shops on prominent days.

Retail shops look to events and holidays to generate big sales for their business. Here’s how prominent days rank compared to the average day.

  Day rank based on total sales How much did restaurants that were open make?
Day Day Rank Total rev vs avg % of restaurants open Avg rev Rev vs avg Avg txns Txns vs avg Avg ticket Ticket vs avg
New Year's Day 361 -69.20% 28% $1,009 -10.30% 18 28.80% $55.41 -30.40%
Super Bowl Sunday 350 -63.50% 37% $889 -20.90% 17 19.10% $52.86 -33.60%
Valentine's Day 7 56.80% 88% $1,604 42.50% 18 27.60% $88.94 11.70%
St. Patrick's Day 324 -56.80% 39% $1,008 -10.40% 18 29.60% $55.01 -30.90%
Easter Weekend 45 28.00% 91% $1,268 12.70% 16 15.50% $77.69 -2.40%
Easter Weekend 44 28.10% 81% $1,433 27.40% 21 45.60% $69.67 -12.50%
Easter Sunday 364 -77.50% 24% $861 -23.50% 17 17.30% $51.94 -34.80%
Cinco de Mayo 327 -57.70% 42% $919 -18.30% 17 19.50% $54.47 -31.60%
Mother's Day Weekend 1 69.70% 97% $1,574 39.90% 19 35.70% $82.11 3.10%
Mother's Day Weekend 8 55.00% 84% $1,667 48.20% 22 56.50% $75.43 -5.30%
Mother's Day 338 -61.20% 40% $876 -22.20% 16 9.70% $56.49 -29.10%
Memorial Day Weekend 9 54.40% 98% $1,430 27.10% 16 16.30% $87.04 9.30%
Memorial Day Weekend 160 8.90% 76% $1,301 15.60% 19 34.10% $68.68 -13.70%
Memorial Day 314 -50.80% 42% $1,058 -6.00% 15 9.40% $68.42 -14.10%
Father's Day Weekend 19 40.00% 99% $1,272 13.10% 16 12.60% $79.99 0.50%
Father's Day Weekend 76 21.50% 83% $1,317 17.10% 19 36.60% $68.21 -14.30%
Father's Day 328 -58.30% 40% $937 -16.70% 17 17.20% $56.62 -28.90%
6th of July 348 -62.70% 35% $969 -13.90% 18 28.70% $53.30 -33.10%
Labor Day Weekend 31 32.20% 96% $1,245 10.70% 16 16.70% $75.55 -5.10%
Labor Day Weekend 117 14.10% 75% $1,373 22.10% 22 52.20% $63.85 -19.80%
Labor Day 311 -42.90% 42% $1,218 8.30% 19 31.80% $65.40 -17.90%
Halloween 238 -1.10% 88% $1,017 -9.60% 12 -15.60% $85.24 7.10%
Thanksgiving Eve 123 12.80% 84% $1,216 8.10% 15 5.40% $81.70 2.60%
Thanksgiving 363 -75.80% 18% $1,238 10.10% 15 5.50% $83.03 4.30%
Christmas Eve 129 12.30% 59% $1,728 53.60% 20 44.70% $84.53 6.20%
Christmas Day 365 -94.70% 7% $713 -36.60% 7 -50.80% $102.48 28.70%
New Year's Eve 299 -18.50% 71% $1,037 -7.80% 13 -6.80% $78.76 -1.10%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 40,000 retail shops in all 50 states, including Atlanta, as well as the District of Columbia for all 365 days of the 2019 calendar year. Retail businesses were only included in the analysis if they qualified as small businesses, Womply had a full year of transaction history, and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average.

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