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The state of local retail 2020: Denver, CO.


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at over 40,000 local retail businessses across the United States, including Denver. 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 Denver retail businesses.

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers in Denver 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 Denver retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 17% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 19% of retailers in Denver 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 Denver make on an average day?

On a given day, retail shops in Denver brought in $1,087 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 13 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $81.81 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,087 13 $81.81
     

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 18% of all retail revenue in Denver came in on that day alone. On the other hand, Sunday was the slowest day of the week for Denver retail shops, with 9% of revenue coming in on that day.

 

Saturday was the busiest day of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Denver retail businesses processing an average of 19 transactions per day.

 

 

Denver locals spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $91.81 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $30.33 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

Denver 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 Denver? Let's take a look.

 

Top 5 days for Denver retail businesses.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

12/21/19

Weekend before Christmas

12/23/19

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

Saturday Monday Saturday Friday Friday

 

Denver 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 360 -62.80% 31% $1,055 -2.90% 16 21.10% $65.64 -19.80%
Super Bowl Sunday 353 -52.00% 50% $850 -21.80% 13 1.20% $63.22 -22.70%
Valentine's Day 63 23.70% 83% $1,313 20.80% 16 23.60% $79.96 -2.30%
St. Patrick's Day 330 -38.60% 53% $1,028 -5.40% 17 29.30% $59.83 -26.90%
Easter Weekend 17 41.30% 92% $1,361 25.20% 16 23.30% $83.13 1.60%
Easter Weekend 42 29.10% 83% $1,375 26.50% 20 52.20% $68.04 -16.80%
Easter Sunday 361 -64.80% 35% $883 -18.70% 14 6.70% $62.32 -23.80%
Cinco de Mayo 320 -35.90% 58% $975 -10.30% 15 14.20% $64.30 -21.40%
Mother's Day Weekend 4 81.30% 95% $1,688 55.30% 17 25.00% $101.64 24.20%
Mother's Day Weekend 3 81.50% 82% $1,949 79.30% 25 85.30% $79.16 -3.20%
Mother's Day 272 -16.70% 60% $1,220 12.30% 18 33.90% $68.58 -16.20%
Memorial Day Weekend 9 49.90% 99% $1,338 23.10% 15 15.70% $87.04 6.40%
Memorial Day Weekend 13 47.80% 79% $1,656 52.40% 22 64.20% $75.92 -7.20%
Memorial Day 307 -30.50% 53% $1,170 7.70% 18 32.50% $66.48 -18.70%
Father's Day Weekend 16 44.00% 99% $1,286 18.30% 15 12.80% $85.80 4.90%
Father's Day Weekend 15 44.40% 85% $1,504 38.40% 20 48.70% $76.11 -7.00%
Father's Day 324 -36.50% 58% $960 -11.70% 16 19.70% $60.37 -26.20%
18th of July 355 -54.50% 48% $831 -23.60% 13 -2.40% $64.08 -21.70%
Labor Day Weekend 7 58.80% 97% $1,445 33.00% 14 8.00% $100.71 23.10%
Labor Day Weekend 64 23.60% 81% $1,353 24.50% 19 45.10% $70.18 -14.20%
Labor Day 345 -44.50% 53% $930 -14.50% 16 20.40% $58.13 -28.90%
Halloween 283 -20.00% 89% $795 -26.90% 10 -28.10% $83.26 1.80%
Thanksgiving Eve 132 12.10% 85% $1,173 7.90% 13 -3.10% $91.13 11.40%
Thanksgiving 364 -86.30% 19% $629 -42.10% 10 -26.30% $64.31 -21.40%
Christmas Eve 23 39.30% 70% $1,756 61.60% 23 70.80% $77.39 -5.40%
Christmas Day 365 -91.50% 10% $772 -28.90% 11 -19.10% $71.91 -12.10%
New Year's Eve 263 -14.30% 74% $1,021 -6.00% 14 3.10% $74.58 -8.80%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 40,000 retail shops in all 50 states, including Denver, 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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