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Mass. blue laws push back Black Friday store openings

With the year’s biggest shopping blitz just 10 days away, major retailers across the country have already released their doorbuster deals and crowd-control plans for the Friday after Thanksgiving. But many merchants are scrambling to figure out one crucial detail: what time to open in Massachusetts.

Some chains that had promoted midnight sales are amending their early-bird hours to comply with the state’s 17th-century blue laws. The rules prohibit retail employees from working until the clock strikes 12 a.m. after Thanksgiving - leaving no time for staff to prepare for midnight openings.

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