Hey, you can buy duck boots in person again.

After closing up shop for two-and-a-half months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, L.L. Bean's big store in Freeport has opened it's doors for business once again.  The store, normally open 24 hours day, will now be open seven days a week, between 10 a.m. and  5 p.m.  The company's website says that these hours will be in effect until at least July 5th.

The store will open daily one hour early at 9 a.m. for seniors and those at high-risk for the time being as well.

Closing up shop back in March was only the fifth time that L.L. Beans flagship store had closed, and the first time that it had closed for more than 24 hours.  L.L. Bean had previously opened it's two other smaller stores in Freeport, a hunting and fishing store and a  bike, boat and ski store.

Customers now have the options of reserving online no-contact curbside pickup or just walking in and shopping the three floors of goods within the huge flagship store.  The company says that it's taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe.

Freeport is 113 miles away from Bangor and is about a one hour and forty-five minute drive down the Interstate.  With numerous outlet stores and an Amtrak Downeaster train stop, Freeport is a popular destination for both tourists and Mainers.

Of course surviving on a radio announcer's salary prevents one from affording almost anything within the store except maybe an overpriced coffee mug.  But the experience is fun, anyway.

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