Zoning officials look at Shelton Walmart holiday hours

Representatives from the Walmart in Shelton are expected to appear before the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) soon to go over the store’s operating hours.

The Walmart Supercenter at 465 Bridgeport Ave. is in a Planned Development District (PDD), a special zoning classification used for many large projects that gives zoning officials control over many detailed aspects of a proposed development.

One of those is, in the case of a business, the operating hours.

Walmart’s operating hours in Shelton are listed as 7 a.m.-10 p.m. from Monday to Saturday, and 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday, according to the company website. (Items delivered to the store from Walmart.com for customers can be picked up until 10 p.m. on Sunday.)

It appears that during the kick-off to the holiday shopping season, during Thanksgiving week, those hours were extended.

Longer hours on Black Friday

This year for Black Friday, more large chain retail stores began opening even earlier than in past years. In the case of Walmart, national advertising material indicates the company’s stores opened at 6 p.m. on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) and remained open all night into Friday.

“This is for Black Friday — you know how that is now,” Richard Schultz, Shelton planning and zoning administrator, explained to P&Z members at a meeting this week.

Schultz said the Shelton Walmart has a new manager, and that individual should come before the P&Z in early 2014 to discuss the store’s hours, including for any special holiday shopping days leading up to Christmas.

The P&Z voted unanimously to retroactively approve the extended Walmart hours for the recent Thanksgiving week, but should learn more about the store’s plans for future operating hours at an upcoming meeting.