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A Black Friday change at Walmart

Chain officials say Mass. stores won’t open until 4 a.m.

Walmart officials cited state law for their decision not to open until 4 a.m. on Black Friday, but other chains say they are opening at midnight. Walmart officials cited state law for their decision not to open until 4 a.m. on Black Friday, but other chains say they are opening at midnight. (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press/file)
By Johnny Diaz
Globe Staff / November 12, 2011

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Bay State customers looking to line up at Wal-Mart stores at midnight Black Friday with their circulars in hand will find closed stores. Wal-Mart stores in Massachusetts will not open at midnight as the company stated in national advertising. Instead, Massachusetts Walmart stores will open at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, Nov. 25. A Wal-Mart spokesperson could not be reached immediately. But a company press release cited discrepancies “between store openings advertised in some national ads and requirements of state laws’’ for the changes.

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