P.E.I. stores closed on Boxing Day

Doug Gallant
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Laura Fanning maneuvers her parcel laden shopping cart through the Charlottetown Mall as she does some last minute Christmas shopping. The Breadalbane resident and mother of four children, said she usually leaves her shoping until the last minute and does not mind the crowded stores. 

While people in many parts of Canada will venture out bright and early on Saturday in search of Boxing Day bargains, Prince Edward Islanders will have one more day to rest and relax at home.

Under the Retail Business Holidays Act retailers cannot open Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

“So this year stores can’t be open Friday or Saturday,” said Steve Dowling, acting director of consumer, labour and financial Services for the province.

“The first day they can have a Boxing Day sale will be Sunday.”

And because Dec. 27 falls on a Sunday stores cannot open until 12 noon.

The fine for opening before Noon on a Sunday is $10,000.

“It’s pretty straightforward this year,” Dowling said.

Walmart will operate from noon to 10 p.m.

Canadian Tire will operate from noon until 8 p.m.

Best Buy will be open from noon until 9 p.m.

Sears will operate from noon until 5 p.m.

Stores at the Charlottetown Mall will be open noon until 8 p.m.

Stores at the Confederation Court Mall will be open from noon until 5 p.m.

Most other stores are expected to be open Sunday but customers should call ahead to inquire before venturing out.

While most general retail stores are closed Saturday hardcore shoppers can indulge in retail therapy at some of the city’s Shoppers Drug Marts or Murphy’s Pharmacies locations, which will open on Saturday.

Again it is best to call ahead for operating hours in case the store you frequent chooses not to open.

And there is always the option of tapping into Boxing Day sales online, some of which commence even before Christmas Day has come and gone.



Organizations: Walmart, Canadian Tire, Best Buy Sears Confederation Court Mall Shoppers Drug Marts

Geographic location: Canada

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Recent comments

  • Morgan
    December 25, 2015 - 12:43

    If the retail act insists on stores being closed boxing day then it should be a statutory holiday as per the PEI Labour Laws!

  • Consumer
    December 25, 2015 - 07:21

    How is it Price Mart and Buy Rite can open before noon on Sunday's? Price Mart also opens all stat holidays such as boxing day. Does they retail shopping laws not apply to them? To bad for their staff! Just saying!! Merry Christmas!!

  • Linda A
    December 23, 2015 - 13:56

    I'm with Smart Shopper's view. Two days off. Spend time with family or friends you like. Stay in your PJ's all day. There are lots of options. Read books, watch TV series. Do nothing. Relax!!!

  • STOP
    December 23, 2015 - 11:07

    All we ever here is shop PEI- SHOP PEI, yet when all others are open, PEI closes. Thanks anyway but I can go to Moncton, pay the bridge, gas the car, and have lunch and still save money by not shopping PEI.

  • Smart Shopper
    December 23, 2015 - 08:51

    Yeeeee - haaaaa! Stay closed until after New Year's Day. Shop, shop, shop 'till you drop. People live on that. I have no idea why. They love to go to the big sale events, buy anything that ends in 99¢ then go home and put it in the attic or garage and never see it again. Some people are so stupid. They buy stuff only because it's on-sale for $SOMETHING.99 It's a terrible disease, very similar in habit to alcoholism.

    • Doiron
      December 23, 2015 - 12:35

      All store should be closed even gas station and pharmacy I know people get sick and stuff but get people there things before Christmas Day at least give them a break Christmas Day

    • Pete
      December 24, 2015 - 07:16

      Smart Shopper, because life is too short so some people like to splurge on things they want while they can. You never know when you're going to get cancer and die. Misewell have spent some of your life buying the things you wanted, I mean as long as you can afford it. Plus, buying stuff is good for the economy and insuring that somebody else is making a dollar for their hard work. I don't buy all that negative consumerism crap. The world still needs to keep moving even though it's the Holidays. Do you think Doctors, nurses or police officers get the Holidays off? But some store clerk should? What about people who don't even celebrate Christmas?

    • Pete
      December 24, 2015 - 07:20

      And I forgot to mention, if the stores aren't open they only have to pay staff for statutory Holidays, so if they were closed from Christmas through New Years, that's like several days employees wouldn't be working or making money. How are they supposed to pay rent? Maybe our tax money would help them out?