Michael Calhoun

CHESTERFIELD (KMOX) – On the highest-profile shopping day of the year, nine Chesterfield Valley stores were cited by police for opening their doors before dawn.

The retailers, including Sam’s Club, Best Buy and Target, were ticketed for violating a Chesterfield city ordinance which prevents them from being open for business between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

No businesses in the Chesterfield Valley are consistently open 24 hours a day.

In a live interview on KMOX’s “Total Information AM,” Police Lt. Steven Lewis that each of the stores, whose chains had heavily promoted opening times as early as midnight, were warned that they would be breaking the law.

He didn’t know of any stores which heeded the warnings and delayed opening. A big-box store manager told KMOX that he couldn’t remember the law ever being enforced.

In each case, the manager who was responsible for deciding to open was given a citation. The consequences, which Lewis compared to a traffic ticket, are a fine around $100.

Each store, apparently, was willing to make the sacrifice.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (3)
  1. Nathan Meador says:

    THis is exactly what more communities need to do! We don’t need this “midnight madness. There would have been enough shopping to be done at 6AM! Congrats to Chesterfield for making and enforcing these laws!

  2. Don Pritchard says:

    I agree. But just like the Sunday Blue Laws, I am sure the law will be found to be unconstitutional for one reason or another.

  3. Nancy says:

    While I don’t participate in the insanity of BF shopping, I can understand why the stores want to open early – their job is to make a profit and this is the busiest shopping day of the year. Also, there are some who might be left out of the opportunity to participate in early specials, such as those working on Thanksgiving, the day after, or nighttime and early morning shift hours (such as police, firefighters, doctors, nurses, etc.). So maybe *you* don’t need this midnight madness, quite possibly others do.

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