The age-old debate about whether or not retail stores should be open continues. Until the so-called "blue laws" were repealed, only essential stores in Massachusetts were open on Sundays and holidays.

When those laws were dropped, stores slowly ramped up the idea of opening on certain holidays that were allowed. More and more retailers signed on to have their employees work during holidays.

While many employees had no desire to be away from their families, many employees enjoyed the extra hours and the time and a half pay, not to mention the idea of not spending the day with family.

However, the pendulum seems to be swinging the other way in recent years. More retailers are showing a loyalty to traditional holidays and granting days off to their employees.

We called around to a number of retailers on the SouthCoast to get a feel for who would be opened and who would be closed for Easter Sunday 2021.

SouthCoast Stores Closed on Easter Sunday:

  • Ace Hardware in Dartmouth
  • ALDI in Wareham, Raynham, and Plymouth
  • Best Buy in Dartmouth
  • Burlington in Dartmouth
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods in Dartmouth
  • Five Below in Dartmouth
  • Hobby Lobby in Seekonk and Hyannis
  • HomeGoods in Wareham and Seekonk
  • Kohl’s in Dartmouth and Taunton
  • Lowe’s in Dartmouth, Seekonk, Wareham
  • Market Basket in New Bedford, Fall River
  • Marshalls in Fairhaven
  • Michael’s in North Dartmouth, Wareham, Taunton
  • Office Depot in North Dartmouth
  • Target in Dartmouth and Wareham
  • T.J. Maxx in Dartmouth
  • True Value in New Bedford

SouthCoast Stores Open on Easter Sunday:

  • Barnes & Noble in Dartmouth
  • Big Lots in Fairhaven and Swansea
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club in North Dartmouth and Seekonk
  • CVS in Fairhaven, New Bedford, South Dartmouth, Fall River
  • Dunkin'
  • DSW in Wareham
  • Dollar General in New Bedford and South Dartmouth
  • PetSmart in Bourne and Fall River
  • Save-A-Lot in New Bedford
  • Staples in Fairhaven and Fall River (open 12-5)
  • Stop and Shop in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Fall River, New Bedford
  • The Home Depot in Dartmouth, Taunton and Seekonk
  • Walgreens in Fairhaven
  • Walmart in Fairhaven and Dartmouth

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