A donator drops off goods Wednesday afternoon at the St.
Vincent de Paul Thrift store in Slinger. The store has
received permission to expand its hours of operation to
John Ehlke/Daily News
– Doing business on Sunday is OK with the village’s Plan
its regular meeting Wednesday at Village Hall, the
commission unanimously granted the St. Vincent De Paul store
an after-the-fact conditional use permit which allows it be
legally open Sundays from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
decision comes after the store, at 445 E. Washington St.,
opened for Sunday shopping in August despite restrictions on
the store’s CUP granted when the store opened in 2001 to not
allow Sunday or holiday hours.
brought to the village’s attention a few weeks ago that the
store was open Sundays despite what the conditional use
permit allowed it to do,” said Village Administrator Jessi
Balcom. “We talked to them and it was agreed to allow them
to remain open on Sundays until a decision was made by the
village after a public hearing.”
Lepak, who represented the store at Wednesday’s meeting,
said corporate officials dictated in that several of the
stores begin being open for business on Sundays in August —
including the Slinger location.
after we were open we discovered the conditional use permit
did not allow it,” Lepak said.
the corporate order, the store has been open from 10
a.m.-5p.m. on Sundays.
not going to be open 365 days a year. We’ll be closed at
least four Sundays a year for holidays and it will be rare
that the store is open at 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.,” Lepak said.
“We did a poll of our customers and 90-95 percent of them
wanted us to be open on Sundays.”
people voiced opposition to granting the new CUP — one in
person and another through a letter read into the record.
subdivision resident Paul Leifer said in a letter he saw no
reason to grant the conditional use change and said “there’s
no emergency that requires it.” He also feared increased
traffic in the area on Sundays would be a safety issue.
Hein, who also lives in a nearby subdivision, told the
commission she didn’t understand why a Catholic charity
organization would make their employees work Sundays.
almost looks like the hours of Walmart,” Hein said.
said all employees would be given the option to work
Sundays. As far as the request to be allowed to be open 15
hours Sundays, Village President and Plan Commission
Chairman Russ Brandt said he understood the request.
been my experience that whenever a CUP request is made the
party making it tries to make it as broad as possible to
meet any unanticipated future need,” said Brandt.
Commission member and Village Trustee Lee Fredericks said he
understands more businesses need to be open longer,
including Sunday, in order to stay in business.
in the retail business and not being open on Sundays puts a
business at a disadvantage,” Fredericks said.
said preliminary projects indicate the Slinger store should
produce $250,000 more in gross receipts during one year by
having Sunday hours.
several years we expect to double that,” he said. “Being
open on Sundays is a growing trend for businesses.
said St. Vincent De Paul has 55 stores in Wisconsin — about
21 of them are open Sundays.
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