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November 20, 2013

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Blue Laws prevent shopping on Thanksgiving, but malls open at 12:30 a.m. Friday

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Hurst says he’d rather stay home and watch football than shop on Thanksgiving, but he thinks consumers should have the choice to shop on Thanksgiving if they want.

Local customers can already shop on Thanksgiving online, through a smartphone or in New Hampshire, he noted; the Blue Laws simply prevent those dollars from being spent with Massachusetts retailers.

While the Northshore Mall won’t open until 12:30 a.m. on Black Friday, shoppers will be lining up by 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with lines extending down the entire length of the Toys ‘R’ Us building, Whiting said.

Should they open even sooner?

”All I can say is there is absolutely a tremendous consumer response to the Black Friday shopping tradition that starts for us at 12:30,” he said.

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Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at eforman@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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