PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP)
— Shoppers in many states will line up for deals hours after
Thanksgiving dinner, but stores in a handful are barred by law from
opening on the holiday.
Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine have
so-called "blue laws" that bar many big stores from opening Thursday.
The laws prohibit most big box stores department stores and large
supermarkets from opening.
There have been some complaints over
the years from companies that complain they're losing business to
neighboring states or online stores, and recent pushes to change the
laws in Maine and Massachusetts have gone nowhere.
shoppers, workers and even retailers say they're more than happy with
the status quo, which grants a one-day reprieve from work and holiday