Target Workers Against Black Friday Hours

November 15, 2011 by staff 

Target Workers Against Black Friday Hours, As stores up the ante with earlier holiday hours that creep into Thanksgiving night, Black Friday is turning into Black Thursday, and some shoppers and employees aren’t happy about it.
Toys R Us said Monday that it will open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, an hour earlier than last year and the earliest of any retailer so far this year.

•Walmart will open at 10 p.m., two hours ahead of last year’s midnight opening.

Other stores, including Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and Kohl’s, will open at midnight.

Anthony Hardwick, a cart attendant at a Target in Omaha, started a campaign to protest the decision to open at midnight, four hours earlier than last year. His petition, on, calls for Target to push its opening to 5 a.m. Friday. The petition had 62,000 signatures as of late Monday.

“With the midnight open, you’re going to cut into a lot of people’s family time because you have to rest up if you’re going to be working overnight,” says Hardwick, 29. He says he’ll be in bed by 2 or 3 p.m on Thanksgiving.

Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder says the decision to open earlier is due to consumer desire. “We have heard from our guests that they want to shop Target following their Thanksgiving celebrations rather than only having the option of getting up in the middle of the night,” she says, adding that the store does its “best to work around the schedules of our team members.” found in a recent survey of 1,003 people that 87% felt retailers should stay closed on Thanksgiving. “There’s definitely a family spirit around Thanksgiving that people don’t really want to see adulterated,” says Christine Frietchen, editor-in-chief of the site.

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One Response to “Target Workers Against Black Friday Hours”

  1. Amo75 on November 15th, 2011 7:11 pm

    Next year, the greedy retailers will go to opening all day Thanksgiving….and who knows, maybe Christmas. I think some things should remain sacred and no one should be opening on either holiday. And as far as getting their buck, leave it to the Black Friday sales to pull it. Sadly people will feel the need to run out to get this or that deal because that’s the only way they’ll be able to afford it this year. So many will avoid waiting in fear of missing the deal altogether. Having worked in retail, the Walmarts, Targets, and Toys R Us of the world do not care about the employee’s schedule. That is a crock.