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    R.I. among a few states to ban Thanksgiving Day shopping

    PROVIDENCE (AP) — Rhode Island law is blocking holiday shoppers from getting an early start on Thanksgiving.

    Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine have not changed decades-old laws restricting store openings on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

    However, Maine has carved out an exemption for L.L. Bean.

    In Rhode Island, laws have been amended to expand Sunday business hours and lift restrictions on alcohol sales. But the prohibition for the two holidays remains.

    Pharmacies, small grocery stores and flower shops are the only stores allowed to open on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

    If Thanksgiving shopping is banned, there’s no law against using the turkey day to prepare to shop.

    A Target store at Warwick Mall will open at 1 a.m. Friday with shoppers beginning to line up a few hours after their Thanksgiving meal.

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