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 Change.org, 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.”
ConsumerSearch.com 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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