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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.