Valerie Brunmeier of San Jose plans a festive feast for her family on Thanksgiving but two of her sons will have to hustle off to their retail jobs at local malls later that night.
"How do you relax when you know you're heading out the door at 10 p.m. or so to go to work, and work all night long?" she said.
This year more big-box stores than ever are opening on Thanksgiving
night to get a leg up on Black Friday, the traditional kickoff to the
holiday shopping season.
Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, Gap, Walmart, Toys R Us and Macy's are
among the major retailers that plan to fling open their doors early this
season. Some stores plan to open at 8 or 9 p.m. Thursday, while others
will open a few hours later at the stroke of midnight, trying to
jump-start sales amid an uncertain economic climate.
But the early openings have prompted a backlash by consumers and
store employees, who say
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