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Walmart Starting Black Friday on Thanksgiving Night

HADLEY, Mass. (WGGB) — While some people will be in the middle of their Thanksgiving dinner, others will be heading to a Walmart for the 8 p.m. start of its Black Friday sales. Last year, it was at 10 p.m.

“I think it’s a bit excessive,” said Sarah Rathay. “I don’t think they need to be open that early.”

By Massachusetts law, though, Walmart and other retailers can’t open at all on Thanksgiving. Some shoppers wish that would change.

“I have a six and a seven-year-old,” said Anna Camyre of Agawam. “So you know, finding a babysitter? There’s no school on that day. So it’s lovely for the parents.”

But many like it the way it is.

“Want to keep the holiday for the family,” said Catherine Gatesman. “I think you should be at home and be with your family and enjoy a peaceful day and watch football.”

Walmart stores in Massachusetts will be opening at 1 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving.