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Downtown Rite Aid nixes wee-hour shifts

BURLINGTON - Night owls will have to find a new place to get beer and cigarettes now that downtown Burlington's once 24-hour store shuts down at midnight.

Rite Aid's Pennsylvania-based corporate headquarters announced last week that store hours are being reduced. Spokeswoman Ashley Flowers reports, "The safety of our associates as well as our customers is our number-one priority." Asked if a specific incident or group of incidents contributed to the policy change, she would only say the company made a "business decision."

Flowers says there will be no employee firings due to the schedule change, but could not say whether any employees will lose hours.

The store, at the corner of South Winooski Avenue and Cherry Street, is now open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be no change in pharmacy hours.

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