It was started by Change.org user "C Renee," who identified herself as a Corona, CA, Target employee.
In the letter she asks people to sign, she wrote: "A 9 p.m. opening disgusts me and symbolizes everything that is wrong with this country. Give Thanksgiving back to families."
Target responded on its "A Bullseye View" blog, saying customers gave feedback that they wanted to shop on Thanksgiving night rather than getting up in the wee hours on Black Friday to try to beat the crowds. It also said its employees wanted to work on the holiday and that they would be paid extra.
For decades, Black Friday has heralded the start to the holiday shopping season and early Black Friday circulars online this year have been building anticipation for weeks. In recent years, Black Friday hours have gotten earlier, luring bargain shoppers from their homes shortly after midnight Thanksgiving night.
What do you think? Do Thanksgiving hours do shoppers a favor? Or, are the days of retail-free Thanksgiving over? Tell us in comments.. ... Continue to read.