/R E P E A T -- LCBO extends hours for holiday shoppers/

For the convenience of holiday shoppers, many LCBO stores will be extending hours of operation this holiday season.

TORONTO, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - LCBO stores will open at regular hours and close at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, and on New Year's Eve, Tuesday, December 31. All LCBO stores and head office will be closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25, Boxing Day, Thursday, December 26, and New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1, 2014.  LCBO stores, head office and the helloLCBO Contact Centre will re-open on Friday, 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 22 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.

LCBO and Vintages gift cards are available in denominations up to $500 and do not expire.  They can be purchased at all LCBO stores and more than 5,000 approved third-party retail locations throughout Ontario.  LCBO and VINTAGES gift cards can also be ordered online at www.lcbo.com/giftcards in singles or bulk. To order or 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. Visitors to www.facebook.com/deflatetheelephant can also enter the "Speak Up and Win" contest for the chance to win the use of a new 2014 Kia Rondo for one year.

As part of LCBO's Check 25 program that helps prevent sales to minors, customers who are or look younger than 25 are encouraged to have their valid I.D. ready to show to store staff.

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.


For further information:

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

Lisa Murray, LCBO Senior Communications Consultant
Tel. 416-864-6875; Cell: 647-339-5428; E-mail: lisa.murray@lcbo.com


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