For some, Thanksgiving is all about the meal. For others, it's about family or football. Outside of Massachusetts, some retailers would like to make it about shopping.
Would you prefer it if Massachusetts allowed stores to open on Thanksgiving?
National retailers Target, Walmart and Toys 'R' Us, among others, are planning to open Thanksgiving night to get a jump on the traditional Black Friday sales -- but not in Massachusetts, where the state's blue laws prohibit Thanksgiving openings. Massachusetts shoppers will get their chance to shop starting at 12:30 a.m. Friday at some stores.
Jon Hurst, president of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, suggested the law may drive shoppers out of state or to the Internet for their early holiday shopping needs.
How important are holiday sales? Nationwide, the National Retail Federation is projecting an increase of 4.1 percent for retail sales. Locally, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts is predicting that will mean only a 3.5 percent gain during the holiday period.
“With five weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year — and with the most important weekends at the start and finish of the season both being three-day weekends — consumers will have ample opportunities for shopping trips this season,” Hurst said. “Retailers will be fighting hard for that additional consumer traffic and the potential additional impulse buys with promotions and discounts from Black Friday through Christmas Eve.”
Would you want the option to shop on Thanksgiving? Do you bother with the early morning Black Friday sales? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments below.