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Small stores fight Black Friday madness

Irked by Black Friday madness at local malls, downtown retailers across the suburbs west of Boston are kicking off the crucial holiday shopping season with a few gimmicks of their own.

The area’s major malls will be getting an extra early start this year, with stores along the Route 128 corridor getting ready to open the day after Thanksgiving at 12:30 a.m.

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