Thanksgiving Day shoppers will have to cross state lines

Stores must be closed under MA law, but not so in CT, NH, VT, or NY

ENFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – The holiday shopping season is underway, and while stores must be closed on Thanksgiving Day by law in Massachusetts, that is not the case everywhere. Shopping across the state line on Thanksgiving has become enticing for some, as many national retailers now offer Black Friday deals starting one day early.

In addition to Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine also ban Thanksgiving Day store openings, but neighboring Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York do allow stores to open their doors on the holiday. 22News spoke with one shopper in Enfield, Connecticut Tuesday who said that she will be taking a break Thanksgiving Day, but is still scoping-out the deals soon to be offered.

“I’m from Massachusetts and no, I’m not going to be shopping on Thanksgiving, we will be with the family,” Karen Klimeck of Ludlow said. “We will go out on Black Friday, though. What I’m doing is looking at what the items are and then I’m going to try and figure out if the better deal is this week or in the coming days.”

Klimeck said that the holiday should allow store workers to be with their families as well, and she doesn’t think that Massachusetts really is missing out on the business.

Some national retailers, including Costco, Nordstrom’s, and TJ Maxx, have opted to stay closed on Thanksgiving, even in states where Thanksgiving Day openings are allowed.

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