For some service providers and business such as the hospital and police and fire or ambulance district it is expected that they be open 24 hours a day seven days a week, but many other business don’t have to remain open during the holidays.
Two area stores chose to break the trends of closing on Christmas in an effort to serve their customers.
We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week no matter what,” Kimberly Soverns, general manager at Burger King said. “That’s a corporate decision but my employees really don’t seem to mind working the holidays.”
Soverns allows her employees to volunteer to work on the holidays as long as she has enough to fill the shifts.
With 30 employees, Soverns said 27 of them volunteered to work a shift on Christmas Day.
“We thought we had enough employees to cover everything today,” Soverns said. “I had to make some calls though because we have been incredibly busy today.
“I called all my employees and some said they would be in early to help us get through the rush of today,” Soverns added. “On a typical Friday we do between $3,500 to $4,000 a day, right now (2:30 p.m.) we’ve already did over $8,000 in sales. “
Soverns said that she thought many of the restaurant’s customers were people who, like her employees, had to work for the day and were coming in on their breaks.
“I think a lot of our customers are probably travelers who are trying to get from one holiday gathering or another or they may be on a long distance trip,” Soverns added. “I think we are the only fast food restaurant in town that is open today so they came here.”
One of the only retail stores open in Sedalia Christmas Day was Walgreens.
Like Burger King, the decision to open today was a corporate one according to Robert Abney, assistant manager in training for the store.
“We gave all the employees a signup sheet before Thanksgiving asking them if they wanted to work on any of the holidays,” Abney said. “We tried to balance it out and make it as fair as we can as far as who has to work.”
Walgreens considers the holidays during this season to be Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day and Dec. 24 and Dec 31.
The store, which was open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., was the busiest that Abney has seen in his seven years with Walgreens.
“Since we’ve been open on the holidays I have never seen it this busy before,” Abney said. “Most of our customers are here getting last minute gifts and things like gift cards and wrapping paper or things they may have run out of for their holiday meals.
“We’ve sold a lot of the basic things for Christmas dinners like flour and eggs and basic cooking items, oh and batteries; we’ve sold a ton of those today,” Abney added with a smile.
Abney said that this was the first time that he could remember since working for the company that the pharmacy in the store was not open.
“I know we’ve had that (The pharmacy) open in the past,” Abney said. “No one has seemed to mind though; in fact it seems that all of our customers have really been grateful to see us open today.
“We’ve gotten a lot of nice ‘thank yous’ from our customers for being open and helping them with those last minute things they need to complete their Christmas.”
Hope Lecchi can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1484