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The state of local retail 2020: Tennessee.


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

2020 has been a challenge for local businesses across the U.S., and there's no question that local retailers across the state of Tennessee 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 across the state. According to our data, the average Tennessee retail business saw total consumer spending from April through October, 2020 increase 7% compared to the same timeframe in 2019. Additionally, 19% of retailers in the state of Tennessee that were transacting before the pandemic hit are 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.

What we learned about local retail sales in Tennessee.

Tennessee is the 32nd-ranked state for average retail revenue in the United States, pulling in 13% less in daily revenue than the national average on a given day.

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

On a given day, retail shops in Tennessee brought in $852 in revenue. On a typical day, the average retail business also processed about 13 transactions while seeing customers spend an average of $64.16 per ticket.

Sales revenue Transactions Ticket size
$852 13 $64.16
National Rank: 32 National Rank: 15 National Rank: 45

 

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

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

Fridays were particularly big, as 19% of all retail revenue in Tennessee came in on that day alone. On average, only 35% of retailers keep their doors open on Sundays in Tennessee, making it easily the slowest day of the week overall.

 

 

Among the businesses who did keep their doors open, Saturdays and Sundays were the biggest days of the week in terms of foot traffic, with Tennessee retail shops processing an average of 16 transactions per day.

 

 

Tennesseans spend more per transaction on weekdays, with Tuesdays claiming the largest average ticket size of the week at $67.84 per ticket. Locals are the most frugal on Sundays, when they spent an average of $20.93 less than on Tuesdays.

 

 

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

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

May was the biggest month of the year overall for retail businesses in the Volunteer State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the 2nd biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 7th.

While May may have been the biggest month of the year overall, the holidays was responsible for the single-biggest week of the year for Michigan restaurants: December 16th through the 22nd.

 

Top 5 days for Tennessee retail businesses.

The holidays was responsible for the biggest day of the year, and a total of three of the top five days of the year overall. Mother's Day was also big for retail businesses in Michigan, accounting for the second biggest day of the year.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

11/29/19

Black Friday

5/10/19

Mother's Day Weekend

12/23/19

12/20/19

Weekend before Christmas

2/14/19

Valentine's Day

Friday Friday Monday Friday Thursday

 

Tennessee 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 -72% 30% $634 -26% 14 3% $46.33 -28%
Super Bowl Sunday 354 -67% 34% $660 -23% 14 6% $46.88 -27%
Valentine's Day 5 65% 89% $1,247 46% 18 34% $70.35 10%
St. Patrick's Day 323 -57% 35% $835 -2% 17 30% $48.53 -24%
Easter Weekend 21 44% 90% $1,077 27% 17 29% $62.72 -2%
Easter Weekend 66 27% 80% $1,072 26% 19 42% $57.08 -11%
Easter Sunday 364 -82% 20% $603 -29% 16 22% $37.26 -42%
Cinco de Mayo 324 -57% 36% $787 -8% 17 27% $46.79 -27%
Mother's Day Weekend 2 80% 96% $1,259 48% 19 41% $67.15 5%
Mother's Day Weekend 14 49% 86% $1,171 38% 19 44% $61.22 -5%
Mother's Day 353 -67% 35% $649 -24% 14 3% $47.41 -26%
Memorial Day Weekend 26 41% 99% $952 12% 15 10% $65.28 2%
Memorial Day Weekend 153 9% 80% $911 7% 16 18% $58.24 -9%
Memorial Day 326 -58% 40% $705 -17% 14 7% $49.58 -23%
Father's Day Weekend 13 49% 100% $1,004 18% 15 14% $66.39 4%
Father's Day Weekend 103 15% 86% $900 6% 16 21% $56.17 -12%
Father's Day 342 -63% 36% $695 -18% 16 22% $43.11 -33%
46th of July 308 -34% 36% $1,245 46% 23 76% $53.44 -17%
Labor Day Weekend 12 51% 96% $1,060 25% 16 19% $67.00 4%
Labor Day Weekend 87 19% 79% $1,010 19% 17 30% $58.45 -9%
Labor Day 314 -52% 40% $807 -5% 16 20% $50.54 -21%
Halloween 263 -6% 84% $752 -12% 11 -20% $70.51 10%
Thanksgiving Eve 75 23% 85% $978 15% 15 11% $66.51 4%
Thanksgiving 362 -75% 16% $1,020 20% 18 36% $56.69 -12%
Christmas Eve 165 7% 57% $1,262 48% 17 27% $74.87 17%
Christmas Day 365 -89% 8% $951 12% 18 34% $53.47 -17%
New Year's Eve 241 -3% 72% $911 7% 14 4% $65.73 3%

Methodology

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