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I am still studying Nihongo and I'm literally at the very basic part of characters but I had to say to a customer that our shop was closed for today, and I ended up embarrassing myself. Please help me with how to formally say "Sorry, we're closed for today." to a customer. Thank you!!

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If you're talking to someone, you can say

  • 「すみません、本日{ほんじつ}の営業{えいぎょう}は終了{しゅうりょう}いたしました」
  • "Sumimasen, honjitsu no eigyou wa shuuryou itashimashita"
  • Sorry, we have already finished doing business today

Alternatively, you can say (or leave a sign on the door/outside)

  • 「本日{ほんじつ}は閉店{へいてん}しました」
  • "Honjitsu wa heiten shimashita"
  • We have closed today

And it should be fine, according to an answer on chiebukuro. However, there is a small chance that it gets interpreted as "Store has permanently closed" https://detail.chiebukuro.yahoo.co.jp/qa/question_detail/q1394257368

Another common sign to leave on your door / outside is simply 「営{えい}業{ぎょう}終{しゅう}了{りょう}」(Can simply be translated as "Closed" (for the day))

A good sign example can be viewed here: https://harigamiya.jp/item/sorry-we-are-closed.html

(Text from image)

営業終了
本日の営業は終了いたしました
またお越しをお待ちしております
SORRY WE ARE CLOSED

(Translated)

Closed
We have finished doing business for the day
We await your next visit
SORRY WE ARE CLOSED

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