The four charges were laid under the Ontario Retail Business Holiday Act, which calls for stores to be closed on nine major holidays, including Good Friday and Easter Sunday, with the following exceptions:
- Some small shops.
- Pharmacies under 7,500 sq. feet.
- Nurseries, flower shops or gardening centres.
- Stores in specific tourist centres, such as the ByWard Market.
On April 3 the store said it believed it fell under the tourist area exemption, and that it would close its doors for Easter Sunday.
Businesses can be fined up to $50,000 or the total amount of gross sales for the holiday, whichever is greater, while the minimum fine for a first offence is $500.
A court appearance is set for May 21.