October 15 2014

Burlington Department Store Looking to Stay Open All Night for Holiday Shopping

By: Rich Hosford

A Burlington Department store is looking to pull some all-nighters this holiday season. 


Lisa Smith, store manager for the Burlington Kohl’s, was at the Oct. 6 Board of Selectmen meeting to request a temporary special license to have the store have extended hours, including 24-hours, during certain days in November and December. 


The special licenses for extended hours were passed earlier this year. Kohl’s is the first to apply for one in Burlington, Town Administrator John Petrin said during the meeting. 


Smith said Kohl’s would like to extend hours on the following days: 1 a.m. to midnight on Nov. 28 (Black Friday), 24-hours on Dec. 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 26. 


The board did not take a vote on the temporary special license proposal but did move it to the Oct. 27. 


One concern raised by Petrin and members of the board was that if many stores apply to stay open for 24-hours during the holiday season, that could be a strain on the police and fire departments. 


“If other businesses want to do this we may need to have them divvy up the costs of extra patrols of police/fire among those stores,” Chair of the Board Bob Hogan said. 


The board did say it will likely add a condition to the license, if approved, stating that if necessary stores participating in 24-hour service may have to pay for extra patrols if enough stay open to warrant them. 

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