October 3 2016
Department Store Granted Permission for Overnight Holiday Hours
By: Rich Hosford
For the third year running Kohl’s Department Store will be a place for late-night shoppers this holiday season.
A representative was before the Board of Selectmen on Monday night to request permission to be open overnight (starting at 1 a.m.) on Black Friday and open for 24-hours from December 15th to December 24 leading up to Christmas.
The board did vote 3-1 to approve the extended hours, though Kohl’s said it may not be open 24-hours for that entire duration but that they were seeking permission to be be able to do so. Selectman Chris Hartling, who has been against overnight hours for retail stores in the past, voted against. Selectman Joe Mirandi was not in attendance.
The approval does come with some conditions. Last year the board voted to approve a policy that states if it becomes necessary the town can require any store working under extended hours to hire a police detail or help pay for any overtime costs incurred.
“We have the ability to require they put on a detail officer or that they help pay for overtime,” Town Administator John Petrin said. “Our concern is that if all the stores did it we will need more safety personnel. Normally retail locations are open until 11 p.m. and we budget for safety personnel until then.”
Though the town has made this a condition in the past, it has not put it into practice.
Kohl’s also had a request to stay open to midnight, as opposed to 11 p.m., on New Year’s Eve as well. Petrin recommended holding off on this vote until the board could check with Police Chief Michael Kent and Fire Chief Steve Yetman for their input. He said that night can be busy for first responders and they may be leery to have a business stay open later than normal.