Snow slows down business for retailers

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WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The road conditions definitely impacted shopping plans Wednesday night. The day before Thanksgiving is usually another top day when people do their holiday shopping.

Many shoppers, like Renee Bryden of West Springfield, like to take advantage of sales before all of the Black Friday crowds. “I don’t shop on Black Friday, I don’t like the craziness, all the people, or all the pushing and shoving,” she said.

The Massachusetts “Blue Laws” prevent retail stores from opening on Thanksgiving Day, unless they’re granted a special permit; which is why so many shoppers traditionally turn to Thanksgiving Eve sales.

Those Blue Laws also bring a lot of Massachusetts residents to Connecticut on Thanksgiving Day, where some retailers are opening as early as 6:00 a.m.

KMart and Radioshack are among the stores opening the earliest this year. Although Wednesday night’s snow might have kept retail parking lots mostly empty, one business that didn’t seem to suffer a loss of business was the grocery store!

Kim Petit of West Springfield told 22News she couldn’t avoid a trip to the grocery store the day before Thanksgiving. “Tomorrow is a special day and there’s certain things we like to have on the table, we want fresh rolls for sandwiches. My kids like certain things so here I am in the storm,” she said.

If you didn’t get what you needed Wednesday, you may want to check whether grocery stores are open or closed tomorrow. All Massachusetts Stop & Shop stores will be closed on Thanksgiving.


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