Lauren Krueger & Matthew David Brozik

Grand (Re-)Opening! Under New Management!

In Definally on July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

No, not Definally. We’re still under the same old management. The title refers to the question, from Shannon V. of Minnesota, “How long may/should a business display signage indicating a grand opening/new management?”

Some places (New York City, for instance) have ordinances governing how long a store may lawfully display Going Out of Business signs… but as far as Definally. knows, only those signs have a legislated expiration date. Which means it’s up to us to make the rule:

A Grand Opening sign may remain up until a business turns a profit, but in any event no more than two years.

The appropriate lifespan of Under New Management signage varies with how well- or ill-liked the previous management was. If a business was run by a complete jerk, Under New Management signs can remain up for decades. If the establishment was, say, 1940s Germany, then Under New Management signs may remain up indefinitely.

  1. And Christmas lights?

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