Retailers weigh in on Black Friday's move to Thanksgiving - FOX Carolina 21

Retailers weigh in on Black Friday's move to Thanksgiving

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Customers shop at an Upstate mall. (File/FOX Carolina) Customers shop at an Upstate mall. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Some big name retailers are planning on opening their doors even earlier for Black Friday.

And when we say early, we mean more like Thursday, as in Thanksgiving Day.

Many of them like Target and Walmart will open Thursday to start the holiday shopping season, but there is backlash from employees who say "give us our holiday."

The backlash originated from employees who have started online petitions in hopes that either retailers will roll back the hours and keep Black Friday on Friday or that shoppers will boycott the ones who don't. It's a movement some local retailers along Main Street in Greenville agree with.

"I think it's wrong. I think it's time for people to spend time with their family and not have to work on that day. It's quality family time. I wouldn't ask that from my employees," said Thomas Brown, owner of Cochran's Jewelers.

"If a store wants to have early hours and strain their employees, that's wonderful, but as a privately-owned store we just don't believe that that's necessary," said Bill Gaines of O.P. Taylor's Toy Store.

One person FOX Carolina interviewed said when people take a job they know what they are getting into, and sometimes that means working holidays.

"Why be surprised by what you should expect," said Caleb Riley who is the general manager of a local restaurant.

Last year one consumer survey showed 87 percent of shoppers think Black Friday is coming too early. Yet many of them admit they will be in line Thursday right after dinner.  

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