Open on Turkey Day


POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 6:47pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 7:01pm

The holidays are coming up, and in most businesses, people are angling to get the days off.
But for some, it will be business as usual.
That Norman Rockwell picture of thanksgiving is fading fast.
Now, it’s just another workday.
It’s a growing trend.
And it’s born out of both a tough economy and competition.
Last year, Target was open on Thanksgiving night, ahead of the big Black Friday rush.
Now, J.C. Penney, and Macy’s have joined in.
For Macy’s it breaks a century-long tradition.
But Macy’s, Penney’s and the others aren’t alone. Another domino has fallen.
And now Kohl’s Department Store has announced, it will open on Thanksgiving evening as well.
And some folks don’t like it. They think these workers ought to be home with their families.
A new Facebook page has been created, urging people to avoid shopping at these stores, or shopping at all on Thanksgiving.
But what if you want to work holidays?
Gates Brelsford says, given the economy, some workers are glad for a little overtime.
“Many candidates that we have come in here are looking for overtimes, extra hours, other jobs, part time, whatever,” he says. “To tell you the truth, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to last the whole day.”
And for retailers, it’s become much more competitive in a tough economy.
“You see that trend and that’s just part of the big box retail world,” he told us. Smaller employers, the mom and pops, they probably won’t follow that trend.”
And if it’s Thanksgiving now, can Christmas be far behind?
“I think overtime on a holiday,” Brelsford says, “a day like thanksgiving, would be a great incentive to many employees.”

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