RD Asks: Should Stores Open on Thanksgiving?

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By Daryl Chen

ShoppingFor the first time ever, Kmart has announced that it will open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day—and stay open until 11 p.m. on Black Friday. And J.C. Penney and Macy’s, for the first time in their histories, are opening on Thanksgiving evening at 8 p.m. (and remaining open through Friday). Other stores have responded by moving up their opening hours to their earliest yet on Thanksgiving: for Toys R Us, that’s 5 p.m.; Best Buy, 6 p.m.; and Kohl’s and Target, 8 p.m.

Critics say that the businesses are commercializing the holiday and also separating working people from their families at what should be a special time. Kmart says that it will make all efforts to rely on staffers who specifically volunteer to work that day. The company said in a statement: “This gives associates the opportunity to make some additional money this holiday season,” which could be more significant for employees this year since there are six fewer shopping (or working) days because of when the holidays fall.

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    • sunni

      Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful for our blessings. It doesnt mean that you HAVE to sit at the dinner table on that specific day and gourge yourself. Many people have waited until Friday, Saturday or Sunday for the big Thanksgiving meal even if they couldnt shop on Thursday. If it benefits your family to buy on Thanksgiving then be thankful for that. Its the same for any holiday unless its a religious one. Online stores are always open on Thanksgiving and every holiday, buying at a store is really not much different. Do what your family wants and be thankful.