LI Retailers Open Thanksgiving

Trend seems to be widening that some retailers are getting a holiday jump before Black Friday.

It's a trend that appears here to stay: Many retailers both nationwide and here on Long Island plan to be open at least part of Thanksgiving Day.

It's becoming increasingly normal that large numbers of shoppers shake off their post-feast grogginess and head out to area malls and big box stores, industry publications say. Thursday should be no exception:

The list includes:

Sears, such as the one in Hicksville, and Wal-Mart stores, including East Meadow, plan to open at 8 p.m. Thursday and remain open overnight until 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

Target stores (including Hicksville) open from 9-11 p.m. Thanksgiving, then close to re-open in the morning on Friday.

Toys R Us will open either at 9 or 10 p.m. Thursday and will stay open through 10 p.m. on Black Friday night. Some variations on these business hours are possible. The list, however, is not merely contained to big box stores. Smaller chain stores ranging from in inventory from The Children’s Place to Victoria's Secret all plan Thanksgiving hours. Check with local stores for details.

Most Nassau and Suffolk county supermarkets, among them Shop&Stop in Oyster Bay, will operate on limited hours and close mid afternoon. Many drugstores, such as Walgreens on South Oyster Bay Road just over the Plainview line, are open for business at 9 a.m. Thursday. Some pharmacies close early or never open on Thanksgiving. Check ahead with yours.

Some consumers and others complain that the trend is disturbing because it forces some workers and large numbers of family members to skip out on the national holiday devoted to giving thanks. Some employees have leveled criticism in the form of petitions, USA Today reported.

For the second year in a row, employees of retailers including Target, Walmart and Toys R Us have started or signed petitions on Change.org calling for Thanksgiving Day off.

Not everyone is complaining. A recent survey by Deloitte showed 23 percent plan to shop in stores on Thanksgiving Day - up from 17 percent in last year's survey, according to a report in Reuters. Financial data on the impact of Thanksgiving openings is elusive, but a Deloitte executive said it is likely that sales made that day merely shift spending, not create more spending.

Some major shopping malls, including the Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington and the Broadway Mall in Hicksville, open at midnight Friday and stays open until 10 p.m. The Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, however, opens at 5 a.m. Friday.

What is not open for the most part are small business providers, such as local restaurants. Most family-run businesses take the day off along with family-run restaurants, delicatessens and most bakeries. If you want those local treats on your holiday table, you need to get them before Wednesday night.

Jack November 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I believe that it is DISGUSTING that stores, any and ALL stores open for business on Thanksgiving. The politicians should create the "family law." A mandatory closing of ALL business' during certain holidays that would force them to not be able to open until 5am the following day. Let's all BOYCOTT all these greedy bastards.
Maggie November 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I guess it's a wonderful thing for folks who really have no one to spend the day with, since it will give them a place to go and people to see. But heaven help the one that wants to leave my Thanksgiving table to "run out to the mall"! I so look forward to just hanging with my family after the day's work is done and I can finally relax with them, and start up some kind of goofy family game. I wouldn't want to miss that for the world!
Helen November 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Unfortunately, in a society that thrives on sales and getting the best for their buck, there will never be a Thanksgiving again that includes ALL families and friends together. Retail is retail. As wonderful as it is that people are signing petitions and vowing to boycott - I know that there will be people out shopping, waddling in to stores post Thanksgiving pigout, looking to score a deal. Then, there are those who will stroll in with coffee in hand @ 5am looking for the next great deal....how do I know? Cause I work in retail and I will be working. If New Jersey can hold on to the blue laws why can't we pass a law prohibiting stores opening on such "family" holidays - a day, the ONE DAY WE ARE SUPPOSED TO GIVE THANKS FOR OUR FAMILY. But, alas, it is what it is. And as for wonderful for those folks who have no one to spend the day with? Why can't they just watch a movie and relax? Thats' what I would do if I could...... HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
Farmingdale November 22, 2012 at 02:40 AM
If everyone took a stand and did not shop there on Thanksgiving, they would stop. I say go even further and note the store opening and SHOP ELSEWHERE THEBWHOLE SEASON. It is not fair their employees


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