Paramus Withdraws Resolution On Black Friday Hours

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP / 1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — The northern New Jersey town of Paramus will not let stores open two hours early on Black Friday.

The Paramus council withdrew a resolution that would have approved the one-time change Tuesday night.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

Stores are not permitted to open before 7 a.m. or after 11 p.m. because the town wants to avoid being overrun by shoppers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The National Retail Federation told The Record newspaper Paramus may be one of the only major shopping towns in the nation to ban early-bird and midnight openings.

Retailers have asked for early Black Friday hours in the past and been turned down. But the Chamber of Commerce asked again this year because it believed newly elected council members would be more receptive.

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  • Rich

    Shopping at that hour of the morning is crazy on black friday. Please dont shop any large retailer that is open on Thabksgiving day. That is a time to spend with the family .I work for The Home Depot and we are closed that day which is great. We used to be closed on Easter Sunday and customers shopping that day would ask me why we are open and my answer was because of people like you having no regard for themselves and others. If you shop dont buy chinese products its going to doom this country.

    • Emily

      You are stupid to make a comment regarding not buying chinese products. You can’t have cheap products and be made by US. You will able to afford products made by American , because of our high min wage. Because these countries can supply us product at low cost, you are able to buy them at cheap prices. You work for Home depot, which mean you don’t make alot money. Without foreign made products, you will not able to afford things and feed your family. Dont be a dumb-ass and ignorate… YOu don’t want your children to be stupid like you . Read the “Economist” and learn how the world economy works.

  • Veronica

    Dear X, Your comment was priceless! Very rarely do I get a good laugh from reading these comments. Thanks!

  • Barre Flynn

    Do you people not understand that all the Christmas present buying is making the Corporate Giants Richer why they lay us off or reduce our income. Say NO to all this materialism and have a really good christmas or Hannakah

  • sharon wolff

    Thank heaven that the Paramus Town Council has voted against stores opening 2 hours early. I am apalled that Wal-Mart and K-Mart are open on Thanksgiving Day. What is this world coming to! I find it disgusting that some stores are opening at 3AM!

  • Fred B. Taxpayer

    Will there be additional police and public safety workers on duty at those early hours? If so, who’s paying for the overtime?
    We’ve had hiring freezes and layoffs of municipal workers to save tax dollers.
    The expense is not justifiable unless paid for by the benefiting businesses.

  • DS

    Paramus acts as though it’s still the only town with shopping malls…maybe it was in 1960, but a lot of other places have caught up since, and I don’t notice society crumbling as a result of those towns allowing early openings or (gasp!) Sunday shopping.

    • Ruskin

      Rule number 2: people like DS who don’t notice society crumbling as a result of consumer extremism, ARE a symptom of society crumbling as a result of consumer extremism.

  • Alan

    Kill the blue laws, With the Economy as bad as it is all the stores should be open 7 days a week like Manhattan..The only peeps that should be home on Sunday are the unemployed, Let peeps make extra money, help businesses make money by staying open on Sunday!

    • x

      rule number 1: never listen to someone who refers to people as a popular easter candy.

  • C.J.

    Hopefully no stampeding idiots

  • Steve M.

    And while we’re at it, lets check the IQ of all shoppers arriving in the middle of the night…..I sense a disturbing trend….

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