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New Hampshire

November 26, 2013

Black Friday loses luster with Thanksgiving Day sales

Many N.H. stores will be open on Thanksgiving


For April Dobrinski of Derry, the first stop will be Toys “R” Us or Wal-Mart.

“You have to have a plan,” she said. “Each year, we will map out all of the stores that we’re going to go to.”

Dobrinski said Black Friday shopping has become part of her family’s Thanksgiving tradition.

“We’ll eat a Thanksgiving dinner together, and the men will stay at home and watch the kids, while the women go shopping,” she said.

Lee said her and her sister’s boyfriends have asked to go shopping with them, but they’ve been shut out.

“This is just for the two of us,” she said. “It’s a me and my sister thing.”

Not everyone is a fan of Thanksgiving shopping.

“I think it’s inappropriate,” said Mary Birdsall of Atkinson. “Thanksgiving should be a time for families to be together. I don’t think people should have to be working on Thanksgiving.”

Jim Craig, the commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Labor, said he is not an advocate for stores opening during the holidays, but there is nothing he can do about it.

“As long as they’re getting paid, it’s legal,” Craig said. “There isn’t anything we can do. Unfortunately, that’s where our country is heading.”

He said his department had received no complaints from employees who have to work tomorrow.

St. Cyr said his employees had mixed feelings about opening at 6 p.m. on the holiday.

“Some were very excited because we had never done that before,” he said. “But we want to make sure we had a full understanding and compassion for our employees. We will be feeding them and giving them plenty of treats throughout the day.”

Surprisingly, he said, most people wanted to work.

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