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Petitions Abound as Target Announces 9 p.m. Opening on Thanksgiving Day

Despite the competitive business spirit being culminated by the huge retailers, it would appear Target employees are not as enthusiastic about the decision.

By Jeff Roberts

Target corporate offices confirmed Monday that the nationwide retailer will open its doors for Black Friday at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, according to a prepared statement from Target Corporation. 

The decision comes in the wake of last week's announcement by Walmart to open its doors nationwide at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Despite the competitive business spirit being culminated by the monolithic retailers, it would appear Target employees are not quite as enthusiastic about the decision.

Almost 192,000 people—as of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday—have signed a petition on Change.org started by California-based Target employee Casey St. Clair calling on Target to “save Thanksgiving” and stick to a Friday opening time.

St. Clair writes, "Target can take the high road and save Thanksgiving for employees like me and our families by saying no to 'Thanksgiving Creep'." 

The petition letter reads in part, "I'm not complaining about being a minimum wage worker. Target, as a company, does some good and maintains a commitment to charity. Thanksgiving, though, is one of the three days retail workers get off a year, a day most spend with family. The issue is not black Friday, though it's not exactly this country's shining moment. Every year the opening time gets pushed ... ." 

It would appear St. Clair is not alone. 

In the past week, more than 40 new petitions have been created on Change.org calling on retailers to allow families to spend Thanksgiving together and open on Friday—many of them focused on Target. 

In November 2011, more than 200,000 people joined Target employee Anthony Hardwick’s Change.org petition calling on Target to save Thanksgiving for its employees, their families and consumers by opening on Black Friday instead of on Thanksgiving itself. In addition to receiving national media coverage, Hardwick’s petition inspired more than 150 other Change.org petitions asking major retailers to save Thanksgiving and put employees and families first.

“Building off of the incredible energy we saw around Black Friday opening times on Change.org last year, it’s remarkable to see so many employees and consumers calling on retailers once again to ‘Save Thanksgiving,’” said Charlotte Hill, communications manager at Change.org. “It’s clear that the concerns reflected in Casey and Jennifer’s petitions are resonating with people.”

Midown's Target is located in Atlantic Station at 375 18th Street.

JM Hurricane November 13, 2012 at 09:40 PM
In similar news, Walmart, to out do the competition, is warping through time and opening 2012 Black Friday on Wednesday, November 23, 1983. Leg warmers and head bands half off with Culture Club jazzercise tapes included. In other, other news Gimbels, if it was still around, is doing Black Friday 2012 on Tuesday, September 9, 1892. So race out and get a cheap gramophone!
steve November 13, 2012 at 09:52 PM
As it gets harder to make a profit because of our anti business government you will see more company's doing crazy things trying to survive
Walter Price November 13, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Hey, it is still a free country so the companies can decide when can they open their stores.
angst144 November 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
greedy jews
lottie wilds November 13, 2012 at 10:09 PM
QUIT COMPLAINING AND JOIN A UNION. That's what they do! Retail will do anything to make a buck and don't give rip about your problems. Unions help people by banding us together for our benefit and as one voice to regulate the bastards who run things.
tash oliver November 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Anti-business government? Seriously? This is capitalism at its finest, do what you have to do to make a dollar...and I'm ok with it. It's America! And if you don't want to work, call out. If you prefer to not work odd hours or holidays, secure a 9-5 some placeelse. Retail is retail.

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