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Thanksgiving Day shoppers crossing state lines

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Shoppers will be out at stores in Enfield on Thanksgiving. (WFSB) Shoppers will be out at stores in Enfield on Thanksgiving. (WFSB)

"To shop or not to shop" that seems to be the question for many Connecticut residents this holiday weekend.

While some stores will be open Thursday on Thanksgiving, several business owners said they will not.

Shoppers will be hitting the stores in Enfield on Thanksgiving. In neighboring Massachusetts, blue laws prevent most stores from being open on Thanksgiving and that makes businesses here happy.

"You never know. I am saying no, but we might,” Kelly Buckley, of Enfield, said. “We might."

Buckley said she may be out shopping on Thanksgiving that will please stores that are open and even restaurants.

“We do see an increase in traffic during the holiday season, which is really good,” Bob Brunelle, who is the general manager at Chicago Sam’s Sports Bar said. “Being right here in the mall area, it brings people in from all over. It does bring people down from Massachusetts."

Brunelle said those out shopping are more likely to stop in and some of their customers do come from across the state line. Most retail stores in Massachusetts are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas because of blue laws.

While many stores at the Enfield Square Mall will be open on Thanksgiving, Costco and a handful of others will be closed.

Enfield residents Diana and Phillip Cameron said they feel stores should be closed for the holiday.

“I think it’s very good. Yes, I really do. I think they should do the same thing for all of our national holidays,” Diana Cameron said.  

"It’s good for people who want to go shopping, but if you believe in traditional holidays, you would want people to have to off and enjoy the holiday with their families,” Phillip Cameron said.

As for the businesses that will be open on Thanksgiving, some may adjust their hours. Restaurants tend to open later.

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