Shopping Hours in the Netherlands

Information on opening hours and the regulations for Sunday shopping in the Netherlands…

Retail stores in the Netherlands can often have four or five different schedules of opening hours in a week. Many shops in the larger cities are open on Sundays and those that aren’t will usually open for one Sunday per month (typically the first  Sunday).

Shops often offer shorter opening hours on Monday, with many not opening until 12:00 or 13:00.

The majority of shops open at 09:00-10:00 from Tuesday to Saturday and, where applicable, 12:00 on Sunday. Typical closing time is 18:00 (17:00 on Sunday).

Larger municipalities offer one late shopping day per week on Thursday or Friday. On those days, shops remain open until 21:00.

These general opening hours are strictly adhered to by shopping centres and malls.

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Photo Courtesy Lighthouse International Hope Gimbel Solinger (l.), Benay Venuta (c.) and Kim Baker Campbell, the founders of the POSH gala and three day fashion sale to benefit Lighthouse International

Look for a line outside 111 E. 59th St. this week, a line that has sprung up there around this time for four decades.

New Yorkers love a sale, and the christian louboutin replica Lighthouse International's POSH Gala and three day sale, held at the group's E. 59th St. headquarters, is among the best in the city, with $3,000 Armani suits for women can be had for less than $400.

And at 98, Manhattan socialite Hope red bottom heels Gimbel Solinger promises to be right in the midst of the event she and two friends founded more than 40 years ago to benefit the Lighthouse, which provides services for the blind and visually impaired.

"I've bought a lot of stuff there, and replica christian louboutin I still have stuff I bought there," Solinger said in a phone interview from her home. "My friends, my family, the people who work for me, they all like this sale, because the prices are so good."

Solinger is the daughter of Saks Fifth Avenue and Gimbels department store founder Bernard F. Gimbel Gimbels started what is now the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade and Alva Gimbel, a Lighthouse International founder.

Solinger and two friends, fellow socialite Kim Baker and Broadway musical star Benay Venuta, started POSH, using what they called "fashionable philanthropy," to benefit Lighthouse.

"We were looking for a way to raise money and came up with this idea to sell new and slightly used high fashion clothes," said Solinger, with friend Marc Rosen at her side. "Benay had a lot of friends on Broadway, and many of them donated pieces."

Longtime Venuta friend, actress Ethel Merman whom Venuta replaced on Broadway in Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," donated, as did socialite Mildred Hilson, a giant on the New York charitable scene and a regular on the city's best dressed lists.

"The line for that first sale was around the block," Solinger said. "The lines are still around the block. People sleep on the sidewalk the night before to make sure they get the best selections."

The reason is "we have clothes for people of every size and shape, for men, too," Solinger said.

Though some of the inventory is "gently used," Rosen said several designers, including Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, have donated boxes of new clothes to the annual benefit.

Other designers for sale include Armani, Bill Blass, Brooks Brothers, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci, Hobo International, J. Mendel, Manolo Blahnik, YSL, Michael Kors, Prada and many more.

Solinger estimated the annual drive has raised more than $30 million for Lighthouse International over the years. It red bottom pumps has also spawned the "POSH Palm Beach" event, held in February, and an art and home sale planned for November.

"Volunteers have been the life blood of Lighthouse International since its founding in 1905," said Lighthouse International President and CEO Mark Ackermann. "The incredible contributions of louboutin replica Hope Gimbel Solinger and her two amazing colleagues, Benay Venuta and Kim Baker Campbell, have created a brand for us in POSH that has contributed tens of millions of dollars over the past 40 years.

"These funds support our mission in helping our patients, clients and students who are blind or have vision loss, to lead fulfilling lives," he said. "On the 40th anniversary of both the POSH red bottoms sale and gala, we are proud to celebrate Hope Gimbel Solinger's remarkable contributions."

"I do it because red bottom shoes I love it, and as a tribute to my mother," Solinger said.

Rosen, husband of actress and Solinger friend Arlene Dahl, noted that Lighthouse International was founded with a mingling of fashion and philanthropy. In 1905, socialite sisters Winifred and Edith Holt used their dress allowance to get the organization off the ground.

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