Do Mass. Blue Laws help boost Black Friday sales?

Massachusetts Blue Laws don't allow stores to open on Thanksgiving

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition: After eating turkey, and perhaps taking a nap, families head out to wait in line for some overnight Black Friday shopping.

“”A lot of crazy stuff, last minute things, things that I don’t even think about and then I come home with a million bags and I don’t know for who,” said Maria Pelchar of Longmeadow.

To stay competitive, stores have opened earlier and earlier, and in some states, that’s extended to opening on Thanksgiving Day. But according to ShopperTrak, that’s not necessarily boosting sales.

Devika Pantit of Easthampton said, “I think it’s kind of wrong; I mean I wouldn’t shop on Thanksgiving because I’d rather spend it with my family and my kids and such that you don’t get to see from far away.”

It simply allows some customers to shop on Thanksgiving rather than Black Friday. Massachusetts Blue Laws don’t allow stores to open on Thanksgiving.

Just over the border in Connecticut, stores are allowed to be open on Thanksgiving. In fact, the Best Buy in Enfield, Connecticut plans on opening at 5PM Thanksgiving Day.

Colene Arnold was taking advantage of her day off Wednesday to find pre-Black Friday sales.
She expected there would be big crowds shopping on Thanksgiving.

“I’m sure there’s a mix. People who want to get out there ahead of the crowd on Friday are out there on Thanksgiving and aren’t giving it a second thought to doing it I’m sure,” said Arnold.

It’s no longer just Black Friday attracting customers. Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday are also popular alternatives for customers.

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