Work was physically demanding, lifting boxes up and down two flights of stairs every day to the stock room. But this didn't bother me too much, it was tiring but do-able.
I learnt how to run a shop, how to delegate work among employee's, how to work tills, deal with money. How to do back office work and make orders. I gained experience in merchandising, sales and customer care. I opened up and locked up in the evening, also making me responsible for cash flow/ lodgements, security of the shop etc.
The managers in the shop I worked in were very good to work for, they completely trusted me with all the responsibilities in the shop.My co-workers were easy to work with, the boys too lazy but usually no trouble.
The hardest part of the job was the physical labor and trying to deal with theft/ unpleasant clientele without a security guard. I never felt safe while working there, especially not when locking up/ dealing with money.
The most enjoyable part was the people I worked with. I had the best co-workers i've ever had. They made doing the job a fun / pleasant thing to do.
Big issue was the lack of opportunity to move up through management or to make better wages. You are literally just a replaceable figure in their system/ corporation.
Great Manager and assistant manager in my shop.
Lack of security in the working place. No security guard or shutters.