Thursday, 23 November 2017 08:11

Explaining Maine's blue laws and why we have to wait to shop until Friday Featured

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STATEWIDE - Commercials urging people to shop Thanksgiving Day at major retailers have been flooding the airwaves for the past few weeks, but Mainers take note, this doesn't apply to us.

12:01 a.m. That 's the earliest large retail stores can open their doors in Maine Friday.


Retail Association of Maine President Curtis Picard said "If you are larger than 5,000 square feet than you can't be open on Thanksgiving."


Only two other states, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, join Maine in prohibiting large stores from opening on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. Legally, smaller stores could open. "A lot of them just choose to close because it's tradition. And they want their employees to spend time with their families" said Picard.


With a robust economy, the outlook is for a promising Christmas sales season. "So hopefully, that means that consumers have a little more money to spend this year," stated Picard.


Several post-Thanksgiving days have become known by catchy names, such as Plaid Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, and, of course, Black Friday. Picard added "Supposedly, Black Friday goes back to when retailers used to turn from being in the red to being in the black. Essentially, they were becoming profitable in the last six weeks of the year."


So, stuff yourself like a turkey on Thursday. And hit the stores Friday for, as they say, the blow out sales of the year.