Store Operator FAQs

How does being a self employed Operator work?
  • Calendar Club recruit self-employed Store Operators to run either a Calendar Club store, a Halloween store or both
  • All Operators must be registered as self-employed (registration is simple and easy to complete)
  • We provide Operators with the location, training, stock, displays and all shop fittings
  • Operators employ their own staff and manage the store on a daily basis
  • Operators are responsible for the setup, trading and closedown of their store
  • The store setup includes receiving and processing the opening delivery of stock and fixtures, assisting with the build process, merchandising the stock and following Head Office plans
  • The store close down includes stocktaking, packing and returning all stock and fixtures following Head Office instructions. This is a very physical process and you will your staff to help you.
What training and support will I get?
  • We offer comprehensive training to all our successful applicants
  • Store Operators are assigned an Area Manager who will visit each store regularly offering guidance and training
  • Area Managers or approved builders provide full training and support in the store opening process every year. You will get physical assistance with the closing procedures in your first year
  • We provide Store Operators with both written and online reference manuals
  • We provide a website exclusively for Store Operators which enables them to complete administration, manage stock and view information
  • We also have a Store Support department within Head Office who provide operational support and guidance to all stores
How do I get a store and when will I be required?
  • If your application is accepted, we will do our best to find you a store in your preferred location – unfortunately we cannot guarantee this
  • Area Managers update Operators with the store status from July onwards as licenses are signed with Landlords.
  • Generally stores are open from September through to mid-January, although this may vary
  • Our Halloween stores are open between September and early November
  • Once open you will be required to abide by all the shopping centre (or lease) opening times including bank holidays (Boxing Day and New Years Day), late nights etc.
How do I earn my money?
  • Operators are paid on a commission basis, calculated as a percentage of sales
  • This commission is paid electronically into the Operators bank account
  • Basically the more you sell, the more money you will earn
  • A small percentage of your weekly commission is withheld until the final accounts have been reconciled and Operators have successfully completed the full season
What is the cost to me?
  • A small Security Deposit is required from new Operators. This will be returned at the end of January following completion of a successful season
  • Deducted from your final commission payment is a Registration Fee of £240/€200; This fee is for running your business under the Calendar Club brand name
  • You are responsible for your own tax liabilities and staff payroll provision
Is Calendar Club right for me?
  • Calendar Club is a fantastic opportunity for motivated individuals to be self-employed, whilst having the support and resource of an established and successful company
  • We are particularly suited to applicants with previous retail or customer service experience
  • We are also a popular choice amongst seasonal workers and students; anyone from summer camp leaders to university students, landscape gardeners to recently retired professionals
  • Calendar Club self-employed Operators can re-apply every year, although we cannot guarantee a store or location

In all the years that Calendar Club have traded at the shopping centre, I struggle to find one problem.

Rowland Hill Centre, Kidderminster

The staff are very professional and cheerful, willing to help customers.

Wellington Shopping Centre, Aldershot