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No Thanksgiving Day Shopping In Maine

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With the prime shopping for Christmas starting late this season, many retailers are starting ‘Black Friday‘ sales on Thanksgiving Day and not on Friday. However, that will not be the case in Maine.Maine, along with Massachusetts and Rhode Island do not allow large supermarkets, big box stores and department stores from opening on Thanksgiving due to the ‘blue laws’.

Nationally major retailers including Macy’s, J.C. Penney, and Staples will open on Thanksgiving for the first time. Toys R Us will open at 5 p.m. and Walmart, already open 24 hours in many locations will start holiday deals at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

In Maine, retailers smaller than 5,000 square feet can operate in Maine.

Maine lawmakers voted against legislation this year that would have allowed stores to open on the holiday.

What do you think? Should the major retailers be allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day and would you go shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

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