Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Halloween shop in York closed for not having business license

Spirit Halloween is indefinitely closed on Mooretown Road. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
Spirit Halloween on Mooretown Road is closed indefinitely. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

YORK — Halloween is two months away, but a Halloween-themed store is already running into trouble.

A sign on the sliding door Wednesday said Spirit Halloween is closed indefinitely after local fire officials said the store was found to be operating without a business license.

Located in the newly rebranded Victory Shopping Center across from Williamsburg Regional Medical Center on Mooretown Road, Spirit Halloween operates seasonally and sells Halloween costumes and decorations.

Spirit Halloween was forced to close after a recent inspection by York County Fire & Life Safety.

When Fire & Life Safety staff showed up for the inspection, they realized the store was open for business without a valid business license, said  Sherl Emerson, York County’s administrative services manager.

A notice posted on the door said the inspection took place Aug. 24. Fire & Life Safety did not confirm the date of the inspection.

The inspector also found unapproved alterations had been made to the store.

“As a result, it was necessary for the business to cease operations until the appropriate building alterations were approved and had passed associated building and fire code inspections and until an approved York County business license had been issued,” Emerson said in an email. “Compliance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code is a critical component of protecting the safety of occupants (both patrons and employees), as well as the building.”

Spirit Halloween’s corporate office did not respond to a request for comment, but a customer service representative said they don’t know when the store will reopen.

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