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The Nation | IN BRIEF / MASSACHUSETTS

Grocery Chain Will Have to Hold Holiday Fixings

November 20, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

There'll be no last-minute shopping for turkeys or trimmings on Thanksgiving Day in Massachusetts.

The state has warned the Whole Foods supermarket chain that it will risk criminal charges under the state's centuries-old "blue laws" if it goes ahead with plans to open on the holiday.

David Lannon, president of Whole Foods Market's North Atlantic region, said the chain had scrapped the Thanksgiving openings at its 14 state stores.

"We're not going to break the law, he said. "If the blue law says we'll have to be closed, we have to be closed."

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