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The backlash is growing against Thanksgiving sales

November 6, 2014

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I worked retail during high school and college. The two toughest days for us were the day after Thanksgiving, which has come to be known as Black Friday, and the last day of sales before Christmas.

On those days, I rode home like a zombie, my feet hurting, my eyes blurring. So, I can’t even imagine what it must be like to work in a store on Thanksgiving Day.

Now, there is a growing backlash against stores that will be open on the holiday. According to the Orlando Sentinel, a number of chains are declaring they won’t be open on Thanksgiving.

Thus far, the list includes Costco, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Wholesale Club, GameStop, Joanne Fabric, Pier 1, Dillard’s, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory. There are anti-Thanksgiving Day sales pages on Facebook, to boot.

That isn’t stopping a number of major retailers from opening for all or part of the holiday, or what some are calling “Black Thursday.”

Kmart, once again, will open at 6 am Thanksgiving Day, something it has done for 20 years, says the Sentinel. This year, it also will be open for 42 years. Macy’s and Wal-Mart also will be open on the holiday.

So, if you really feel you need to leave the dinner table to shop, you’ll find places to do so. But, not everywhere.

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