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Plymouth Sears will not open on Thanksgiving

Union Leader Correspondent

November 26. 2013 9:57PM

PLYMOUTH — Noel and Holly Cassiano just want to spend Thanksgiving at home.

The couple, who are co-owners of the Sears store at 742 Tenney Mountain Highway, are defying the requests of their client company, Sears Hometown Stores, said Noel Cassiano.

Sears asked all of its 900 franchise-style stores nationwide to open from 7 p.m. to mightnight on Thursday evening, Cassiano said.

“We want to enjoy Thanksgiving as a family. To not do so violates my wife’s religious beliefs,” he said.

Representatives for Sears Hometown Stores did not return phone calls Tuesday.

Cassiano said Sears is planning to run sales all weekend, but the profit he would make selling products on sale is not worth ruining his family’s holiday.

In addition, the Cassianos’ store is on Tenney Mountain Highway, which may not have many shoppers on Thanksgiving Day, he said.

“We’re just a small hometown store,” he said. “The money we make selling whatever we can Thursday night is not worth it. We’d rather be home.”

The couple wants the state to adopt a law that would keep stores closed on holidays.

“It should be like it is in Massachusetts,” he said.

“If the people who want us to work Thursday night will go to work themselves Thursday night — if they’re going to be sitting in their offices — we’ll work,” Cassiano said.

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