Are Retailers Waging A War On Thanksgiving?

by
Suzanne Robertson
Black Friday now starts with "Grey Thursday". Millions of low-wage employees will have to skip the turkey and stuffing this year to work on "Grey Thursday" - the day before Black Friday's shopping frenzy.

Halloween is over, Christmas decorations are up and it's time for the annual "War On Thanksgiving" accusations and explanations. 

Stores open on turkey day are facing a backlash from those choosing to stay closed. Those not opening include T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post.  A spokesperson for T.J. Maxx made this statement: 

“We consider ourselves an Associate-friendly Company, and, we are pleased to give our Associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends” she said. 

Oh, snap! That sounds like a direct hit to stores that will be slamming open the doors to grab holiday shopping dollars. 

Big retailers who are opening on Thanksgiving include Kmart, opening at 6 am and most Walmart stores will be open all day. Macy's said it plans to open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 

Unfortunately, some workers can't skip the day as paid holidays aren't guaranteed. Even those who do work aren't necessarily filled with holiday cheer. Low wage workers often struggle to get more hours. 

 

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