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Whole Foods charged by police for opening on Good Friday

04/20/2015 12:01 EDT | Updated 07/10/2015 01:59 EDT
Whole Foods at Lansdowne Park is facing four charges for opening the store on Good Friday, according to Ottawa police.

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:

- Gas stations.

- 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.

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