A law from the 1600s will keep retail shops closed on Sundays at the nation’s newest shopping mall

“The name “blue laws,” according to historians, comes from the fact that the Puritans tended to write their laws on blue paper” writes Lauren Thomas for Other parts of the complex will open in phases, including a water park, an indoor ski hill, and retail stores.So-called blue laws are still in place in Bergen County, New Jersey, where Triple Five Group’s American Dream is situated.Until the 1990s, blue laws prohibiting the sale of clothes, home goods, appliances and other goods were much more common nationwide.Hudson County was the last one, outside of Bergen County, to repeal its blue laws, in the 1980s.

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