Report: Mass. Blue Laws Force Stores To Open Later On Black Friday

BOSTON (CBS) – The biggest shopping day of the year is just over a week away – Black Friday – a make-or-break event for retailers all over Massachusetts.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports

Just don’t ask exactly when stores are going to open.

The Boston Globe reports that retailers are now pulling back from plans to open at midnight after Thanksgiving, thanks to Massachusetts old Blue Laws, which prohibit many stores from selling on Thanksgiving and from having people work that day.

As a result, Macy’s now plans to open at 12:30 a.m. on Black Friday, Target is opening at 1 a.m. and Wal-Mart will stay closed until 4 a.m.

It’s unknown what other chains, like Best Buy and Toys-R-Us, will do after advertising midnight openings.

  • emom

    OK I Love looking for a bargain and saving tons of money,,, But at some point we must look at the family value. Families as is have less and less time together, Retailers are very demanding and so are the consumers, We do not need stores open on holidays, I truly believe we need some down time to unwind and enjoy our families. I am glad they are not allowing the stores to open on thanksgiving,, Lets be honest, we can do with out them. Sure some little variety stores would open as does some gas stations, If you need gas and or milk they are there, But Do we truly need large stores open. cant we get by with out them especially on the few holidays that we spend time with our families,

  • Willow

    I remember when we used to get everything done in 6 days and Sundays meant for worship and family time. Now there are only two holidays a year that retail stores are closed, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and still it isn’t enough to be able to shop the other 363 days, or is it just greed on the behalf of retailers that make us think we have to shop as soon as the doors open?

  • emom

    GREED IS IN DEED THE REASON… Talk to those that have to work on such days, they are not treated as they are important OH NO, there is no kindness in the retail world. Bosses are jerks. very few even care, most work you till you drop. I feel sorry for the employees since its a demanding job and customers are just as bad, screaming at the cashiers, WHY. its not their fault the computer did not pick up on the sale price. Be courtesy and just ask about it. they are not the ones programing the computers, blame corporate. During the holidays they must push thru the customers in line so they don’t anger them.. I mean its going to be nasty out there and we are going to blame a cashier, heck all they do is scan and make change. add a bag person to help speed it up ,, Oh wait I know,, DUH,, OPEN ALL THE REGISTERS SO THE LINES ARE NO OVERWHELMING TO THE WORKERS, That would be a great idea,..
    Cant tell you how many times in the holiday season they only open half the registers,, really, not so bright. But greed on the corporate ceos is what it is all about, Just another problem we have today in this world

  • GC

    There is nothing in any store that would prompt me to go shopping at midnight. If I can’t get what I need Monday-Saturday during regular store house, then I know I really do not need it. I can remember when you shopped for Christmas beginning in December and it was truly enjoyable. Now it is nothing more than shear aggravation. Thank goodness for online shopping and gift cards.

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  • Grant

    You can open on Thanksgiving if you want as of a bill passed June this year.

    Why is Walmart and Target not opening at Midnight? the Blue Laws no longer apply to Thanksgiving according to bill H.989 that replaces the text in Section 1 chapter 136

    As a business owner in MA, I will be opening at midnight.

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