Forget Black Friday: Macy’s To Open On Thanksgiving

Stores in New York and Chicago among those planning Turkey Day hours

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Updated: 4:20pm

Macy’s will break its 155-year tradition of being closed on Thanksgiving and instead jump-start the holiday shopping season by opening at least some stores while people are still eating turkey dinners that night.

The move by the retailing giant continues a shopping war in which stores have opened earlier and earlier on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. But this moves up the shopping frenzy to the night before.

Two employees at a Macy’s store in New York City’s Herald Square confirmed to TIME Monday morning that they had been told the store would open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. One of the employees said workers had been informed of the change a few weeks ago, but that the Thanksgiving night shift is “not mandatory” for staffers.

Later Monday afternoon, Macy’s released an official announcement that most Macy’s stores around the country will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, “after families across the country have finished their holiday meals and celebrations.”

 

 

10 comments
Raya
Raya

Not mandatory my ass. My manager has known that my mother is in the end stage of her cancer. I even told her this would be the last holiday for her since she requested to be put into a medical coma. I still have to work Tues, Wednesday night till midnight, thanksgiving to black Friday morning AND Saturday.


mt2463
mt2463

BOYCOTT There are over 360 days a year to shop, do people really need to shop on a day that was set out for giving thanks and sharing with family, the people who shop on this day obviously has the day off, they should be ashamed of themselves.

I have never shopped on the Thanksgiving weekend, and will definitely NOT EVER shop on thanksgiving. The holidays have turned in to a shopping Holiday NOT a family Holiday, SO  since the true meaning of these holidays have been lost to retail and commercialism, we should  just stop the gift giving all together for Christmas.  

royalone3338
royalone3338

This is all happening because there is no one to stand up for the sale associates they are under paid treated like dirt while as usual the ones in management takes home all the bonuses and fat pay it is time twitter facebook or some one stand up for these people a union would make a difference. A lot of the employees are scared to act out for the fear of loosing there jobs and management knows this, let call a boycott a say away and teach these gready money mongers who have no feelings no that we mean business. Macys, Sears etc

dregstudios1
dregstudios1

Is nothing sacred?  Things like this prove the holidays have slipped away from the general public and been completely bastardized by Big Business.   The traditional meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas both have been diluted by mass consumerism.  Read more about the War on the Holidays and American Values being waged from the buildings of Wall Street  at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/11/the-war-on-thanksgiving-one-turkeys.html where one Turkey gets his revenge for encroaching on the holidays this year!

RogerChevalier
RogerChevalier

I will not shop at Macy's again they have nothing that Nordstrom  don't have and what dose it say to there employees Whats next Christmas 

ibradh
ibradh

Money is all they care about...

nmimediagroup
nmimediagroup

This is very sad.

While Macy's elite managers, and fat cats will be enjoying the day, others will have to sacrifice family time in order to be open.

Any body that needs to buy anything for the holidays has plenty of time after Thanksgiving to do so.

SHAME ON MACY's!!!. I will never again set foot in any one of their stores. I call all to boycott the same. 


Springsgranny
Springsgranny

This is terrible....no, horrible! It's bad enough that stores open at 2, 3, 4 & 5 am the day after.  I would DEFINITELY NOT shop at any store that is open on Thanksgiving,  We are losing all our American traditions to the greedy and powerful companies. Let's take a stand and NO ONE shop on Thanksgiving day. Maybe they will see that people matter more than money!!!!

usmcr7
usmcr7

GREED !!!!!!   Why can't these stores stop making holidays into a materialistic thing

waytootired
waytootired

I think this is terrible. Let employees enjoy Thanksgiving with their families. Is it really worth opening on Thanksgiving? Last year, my sisters-in-law ran around to stores on Thanksgiving and ruined the holiday for the rest of us. If they do it again, they're not invited next Thanksgiving, they can eat a sandwich at Macy's instead.