Target Jumps on Black Thursday Bandwagon
Joins Walmart, among other places, in opening its doors on Thanksgiving
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2012 6:53 AM CST
Rows of carts await customers at a Target store in Chicago.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

(Newser) – Target is joining the chorus of retailers who want you to shop on Thanksgiving, announcing that it will open its doors at 9pm, up from last year's midnight opening. Tasteless? Not according to a Target VP, who describes the 9pm opening as "a perfect balance." And it will come a full hour after Walmart starts wooing shoppers with its $9.44 crock pots. The AP and Wall Street Journal report that the wave of early shopping options will also include Sears (8pm) and Kohl's, Gap, Macy's, and Best Buy (midnight).

Will dragging employees away from the dinner table pay off for these companies? According to one survey, the average shopper is expected to spend $749 this holiday season—up from $740 last year, reports the Washington Post.

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Nov 12, 2012 5:05 PM CST
Does Christmas weed count as holiday shopping?
Nov 12, 2012 10:46 AM CST
Working at Target on Thanksgiving day. Shopping at Target on Thanksgiving day. One is forced to be there, the other is there by choice. Were I a Target employee, I think I'd have a terrible case of food poisoning on Thanksgiving day.
Nov 12, 2012 6:56 AM CST
Less holidays, less benefits for american workers who already work too much for too little and MORE time required! That's it I am done shopping at Target, I will strait up refuse to shop places that are non-essentials that keep themselves open on holidays like this, or continue to infringe on our already needed time off! "Will dragging employees away from the dinner table pay off for these companies? " Goes beyond the point! I have been pretty poor and broke in my life.... for a target job? Yeah, i'd quit. Want me to work on holidays give me a damn good reason. I don't even support the NFL or the NBA for having games on thanksgiving, christmas, whatever. Aint about the money, it's about the family! I don't even have a big family but what little family I have is MY family!