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When did shops start opening on Sundays in America?3 years ago - 3 answers
Depends on the locality.3 years ago
Forever, or at least the mid 1960's.
Some places were always open on Sundays, like Gas Stations and discount stores. And places that were owned by people of diffrent religions were always open, Orential Restaurants, for example. Though it was true that almost all stores were closed on Sundays.
As I kid in the 1970's, I can remember going miles and miles to that one single gas station that was open on a Sunday to get a needed item.
Generally, by the 1990's everyone just ignored the silly don't open on Sunday idea.
When I was a kid in the late 1950's and into the early 1960's, we had the Sunday "Blue" Law, which meant that the stores were required to close on Sundays except those that provided essential services like service stations ( we call them gas stations now because they provide no services at all! ), for the traveling public, and grocery stores. Sunday was said to be a day of rest and for going to church, not shopping. As manufacturers increased their hours to meet the demands for their products, ( yeah, back in the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's the U.S. still produced many products! ), people were working 6 days per week and the only day some could then shop would be on Sunday's. The "Blue" Law was eventually repealed so people could work 6 days a week and still be able to go shopping to get needed items on a Sunday. Now we've got people who are working 7 days per week, so they have to shop whenever they get a break! Where we lived, you had to drive at least 25 to 30 miles to be able to shop at a "department" type store ( a store that sold more than one type of item ), and if you wanted a "Big City" large department type store, that was a 60 to 70 mile one way trip! No Interstate highways then either! That trip would take 4 hours round trip through all the small towns! Now there's a Wal*Mart within 10 to 20 miles of most residences! Times have surely changed!
Source(s)by Smokies Hiker - 3 years ago