Shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

Black Friday tradition in peril as retailers push shopping craze to Turkey Day.

Thanksgiving isn't just about family, food and football anymore, as some of the country's biggest retailers have pushed the Black Friday shopping frenzy into the holiday.

has already announced it will open on midnight Friday, inciting workers to petition the big-box for making them come on a holiday – nearly 200,000 have signed. Kohl's will also open at midnight, along with Macy's.

But for other major retailers, midnight just isn't soon enough. For example, plans to open at 10 p.m. on Thursday, sparking another worker rebellion. is another chain set to open at 10 p.m.

Locally, the will open 10 p.m. on Thursday in an event the outlet mall has dubbed its "Moonlight Madness Sale."

If these retailers have it their way, the Thanksgiving ritual wouldn't end with a late-night turkey sandwich. Instead, they're asking shoppers to fight through their tryptophan fog to get the earliest possible start to the holiday shopping season.

What do you think about that?

Paul Squire November 22, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Patricia Kaczmarczyk on Facebook writes that no, stores shouldn't open on Thanksgiving. Susan Ippolito is a little more strong in her opinion. She says, "Noooooooooo!!!!!!!!!"
Doug Wald November 23, 2011 at 04:08 PM
"Black Friday" should be renamed "Whack Friday" as it shows everything that is wrong with the priorities of this country when it comes to properly celebrating the true meaning of our religious holiday season. This morning, I had to explain "Black Friday" to international colleagues overseas, and unsurprisingly, they couldn't wrap their heads around the concept. If people so need to get discounts, how about getting discounts and shopping BEFORE Thanksgiving, especially at small businesses rather than large box stores. Mom and Pops need our support than the big corporate stores do.
Demarquis December 16, 2011 at 03:51 AM
No, because people who work retail should be able to spend time with their families. Point blank.! The idea of shopping sounds nice, but employers should treat there workers better. smh.


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