/R E P E A T -- LCBO Extends Hours for Holiday Shoppers/

TORONTO, Dec. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - For the convenience of holiday shoppers, many LCBO stores have begun extending their hours. During December, many stores that normally close at 6:00 p.m. will stay open as late as 10:00 p.m., while stores that normally stay open late will maintain their regular hours.

Some LCBO stores are also extending their hours on Sundays. On Sunday, December 23, many LCBO stores will remain open until 8:00 p.m., while some that are normally closed on Sundays will open for this one day.

LCBO stores will open at regular hours and close at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, and on New Year's Eve, Monday, December 31.

All LCBO stores and head office will be closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, Boxing Day, Wednesday, December 26 and New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013. LCBO stores, head office and the helloLCBO Contact Centre will re-open on Thursday, December 27.

LCBO agency stores must close on Christmas Day and New Year's Day; however, some may choose to open on Boxing Day. Agency stores will observe regular hours on Sunday, December 23 and will not extend their hours.

Customers should check for individual store hours with their local LCBO store or online at www.lcbo.com using the 'Store Search' feature. They can also contact the toll-free, bilingual helloLCBO Contact Centre at 1-800-668-5226 or online at www.helloLCBO.com. In Toronto, call 416 365-5900. helloLCBO will be open Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. throughout December and also on December 24 and 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The TTY number for the deaf or hard of hearing is 416 864-6898 or 1-800-361-3291.

For added convenience, LCBO customers can now purchase and send LCBO and Vintages gift cards with personalized messages wherever and whenever they want by ordering online. These gift cards, available in three designs including a holiday theme, can be ordered in any denomination from $25 to $500. Gift cards are shipped with matching card holders within 24 hours of ordering and are delivered Next Day Priority courier service.  Bulk quantities can be ordered at a discounted handling rate. LCBO and Vintages gift cards do not expire and are the gift of choice for the holiday season. For more information, visit www.lcbo.com/giftcards .

The LCBO reminds customers to please drink responsibly and to never consume alcohol when driving. Learn how to be a responsible host with tips, tools and alcohol-free Mocktail recipes at www.deflatetheelephant.com. Don't forget to bring a reusable bag when you shop at the LCBO and, after your holiday entertaining, please take your empty beverage alcohol containers (large and small glass bottles, PET plastic, Tetra Pak cartons, bag-in-box and cans) to The Beer Store for a full deposit refund.

SOURCE: LCBO

For further information:

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Heather MacGregor, LCBO Media Relations Co-ordinator
Tel. 416 864-6772; Cell: 416 587-3729; E-mail: heather.macgregor@lcbo.com

Linda Hapak, Manager, LCBO Corporate Communications 
Tel. 416 864-6383; Cell: 416 417-7750; E-mail: linda.hapak@lcbo.com    

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