PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Clear the dinner table and head to the store. That’s what retailers would love for you to do on Thanksgiving, but Rhode Island and Massachusetts remain two of the last states that restrict what businesses can operate on the holiday.
Rhode Island General Law says these businesses can open on Thanksgiving:
- businesses that employ fewer than six people per shift
Call 12 for Action found more than 41 retailers opening on Thanksgiving in locations across the country where blue laws aren’t in effect. Just to name a few: Target, Kmart, Best Buy, Sears, and Kohl’s. Kmart will open the earliest, 6 a.m. Thanksgiving morning — again, in states where it’s allowed.
Most major retailers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts tell Eyewitness News they will be opening up at 12:05 a.m. on Black Friday. That gives employees just a few minutes in the stores before opening the doors to the herds and hordes.
Among potential shoppers, opinions are mixed about Thanksgiving shopping — with some saying Friday’s the better day, while others figure you can get good deals on Thanksgiving itself.
In fact, you can get good deals on Thanksgiving Day: online.
TVs are the big product carrying huge discounts, according to retail experts.
Other discount deals you can expect online on Turkey Day include phones, cameras, movies (DVDs and Blu-Ray), video games, appliances and iPads.
The Black Friday list includes iPhones, headphones, laptops and kitchen items.
Then, on Cyber Monday, shoes, clothing and toys are expected to be discounted.
The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training says retail employees are not legally obligated to work on Thanksgiving. If you’re told to come in before midnight, you can file a complaint with the Department against your employer.