Wilkes-Barre Township, Luzerne County -- When you think of Macy's on Thanksgiving Day, you probably think about the big parade in New York City. But this year, Macy's is known for something else. It's among the growing number of department and big box stores open for business on the holiday itself. "Black Friday is the next day. They want early sales. Big market revenue on those days," said Matt Dwojewski of West Pittston. Just because he understands doesn't mean he agrees with it. "I think they should be with their families."
'They' are the employees who will have to leave their families to work on Thanksgiving Day. Wilkes University student Brooke Auger of Keene, NH has friends who have to work on the holiday. "It's sad. I feel bad for them that they don't get to spend the day with their family because that's something that's important I think especially now." Major department stores like Macy's, Walmart and JC Penney will be staffed on Thanksgiving day. The retailers already have out ads to lure shoppers from their homes. "I don't think it's really very fair not only to the people who have to work but then it forces people to think well they have to now go and do it and that's taking away from the family time," said Don Miller of Wilkes-Barre.
Some employees may actually want to work on Thanksgiving Day to take advantage of the pay perks for working a holiday. But many say it's just not fair and they've taken their fight on line. Sites like change.org have petitions with tens of thousands of people boycotting Thanksgiving shopping. The Facebook page "Save Thanksgiving" features a seven-point pledge. Renee Fenton of Wyalusing believes shoppers like her need to take a stand. "I think the only thing we can do is not show up," she said.
Anne Orloski who owns Orloski's Wash & Lube on Mundy Street in Wilkes-Barre Township feels so strongly against surrounding stores open that she posted a message on her business marquis that reads "Absolutely Positively Closed Thanksgiving Day. "Corporate America is just taking over and we just thought we would put the sign up there and see what people think," said Ms. Orloski.
The National Retail Federation surveyed shoppers if they planned to shop on Thanksgiving Day. Nearly one quarter of those surveyed said they will which only fuels Corporate America's competitive climate to open for business on Thanksgiving Day.