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.

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  1. And Christmas lights?

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