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Massachusetts Retailers Gear Up for Black Friday


LEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Massachusetts retailers are gearing up for a big holiday shopping season.

Blue Laws are preventing stores from opening on Thanksgiving Day even though some stores in nearby states will be open on Thanksgiving.

Sale signs are in store windows and shoppers are looking for a good deal.

“I figured we might as well get it done early before the big crowds hit,” says Jay Kruzel of Chicopee.

That’s why many people checked out the bargains at the Lee Premium Outlets.

Others couldn’t resist stopping by on their Thanksgiving trip.

“I was going to New York to visit my grandma for Thanksgiving, so we want to stop by and shop. I’m actually going to get my ears pierced at Claire’s,” says Samantha, a young shopper.

While stores in some states will be open on Thanksgiving day, not so in Massachusetts where Blue Laws prevent shopping on Thanksgiving.

However, many stores will start Black Friday shopping the minute Thanksgiving is officially over.

“According to Massachusetts Blue Laws, we’re not allowed to open until 12:01 a.m. and promptly at 12:01 a.m., our stores will be ready and greeting shoppers from international shoppers to out-of-state shoppers to local shoppers,” says Heidi Cornwell, Marketing Director at the Lee Premium Outlets.

And while many shoppers got an early shopping start to the holiday season the day before Thanksgiving,

Some say they’ll be back with the crowds on Black Friday.

“[Are you a Black Friday shopper?] Definitely. [Why?] It’s a tradition in our family with my sisters, it’s just a lot of fun,” says Roseanne O’Brien of Albany.

You can also check out the best Holiday deals on store websites like the one for the Lee Premium Outlets.

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