Mass. residents take advantage of early Black Friday deals in New Hampshire – Boston.com

Mass. residents take advantage of early Black Friday deals in New Hampshire - Boston.com

11/23/2012 12:45 AM


Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe

Shoppers inside the Pheasant Lane Mall Sears store in Nashua, N.H.
waited in line to buy products in a pre-black Friday sale.
Approximately 400 people waited outside.

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By Sarah Shemkus, Globe Correspondent

NASHUA – Allan Galdamez decided that, this year, the turkey could
wait.

On Thursday evening, the Waltham resident was the first person in
line at Sears at the Pheasant Lane Mall after arriving at the store at
8 a.m. His plan: grab a 50-inch television for $299 and head home for
a belated Thanksgiving dinner.

“We’re just going to get in and get it and get out,” he said.


The doors opened at 7:50 p.m. Ten minutes later Galdamez emerged
successful.

Galdamez was among close to 1,000 people lined up outside Sears and
Target in Nashua on Thursday, hoping to score the kinds of deals more
typically offered up in the early hours of Friday morning.

Store openings on Black Friday, the traditional kick-off of the
holiday shopping season, have crept earlier and earlier for the past
several years. This year, a number of major retailers pushed up their
start times even further, opening their doors to shoppers who were
still digesting their pumpkin pie.

Shoppers, for their part, are eager to take advantage of these new
hours. Nationally, 17 percent of consumers – some 41 million people
– planned to shop on Thursday, according to a survey by The
International Council of Shopping Centers, a trade group, and
investment bank Goldman Sachs. About one-third of consumers intend to
shop on Black Friday, the survey found.

Massachusetts blue laws, however, prohibit most stores from opening
on Thanksgiving, forcing eager shoppers to either wait until after
midnight or drive to a neighboring state to score the best deals. And
many did; at least half of the cars parked at Pheasant Lane Mall on
Thursday evening sported Massachusetts license plates.

Shoppers lining up in Nashua Thursday had mixed opinions on
Thanksgiving store hours.

For Chelmsford resident Carol Mehigan, who was waiting for the doors
to open at Sears, hitting the mall is no different than any other form
of Thanksgiving night entertainment.

“The guys are at home watching football — we can shop,” said
Mehigan, who was hoping to buy a discounted television for her oldest
grandson.

Galdamez wished that a store closer to home – somewhere in
Massachusetts – had been open and offering the same deals.

Others waiting in line, however, expressed support for
Massachusetts’ ban on Thanksgiving hours.

Rebecca Delarossa, of Lowell, regularly attends Black Friday sales
but was less enthused about waiting in line at Target on Thursday in
order to get the best deals. Her mother and one of her sisters, also
regular Friday shoppers, refused to go shopping on Thanksgiving, she
said.

“It’s not the same,” said Patti Reekie of Tyngsboro, who barely
finished her Thanksgiving dinner before heading out to stand in line
at Target. “You’re supposed to be in front of the TV eating
leftovers right now.”

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