Employees petition retailer for fewer holiday hours

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KSTP has a story about a petition asking retailers to close their doors on holidays so employees can enjoy them too. It quotes college sophomore Alex Johnson asking for time off from Albertville Premium Outlets Christmas Eve. This year the mall is staying open until 8 p.m.

"I'm off at college most of the time so I never get to see my family," Johnson said. Any time I can spend, even on the holidays, is much needed, valued time for me.

The petition on Change.org says Black Friday minimizes time with family over Thanksgiving, and makes Christmas Eve even more important.

St. Michael Patch quotes Caroline Olivia arguing for an earlier closing time. "As a retailer and a daughter, I cherish the excitement of both Christmas shopping and Christmas Eve night," she said. "The former closing time of 6 p.m. felt like a fair enough compromise. However, forcing stores to remain open until 8 p.m. is exploitive."

The owner of Albertville Premium Outlets issued a statement saying customer needs come first.

Many retailers, including Best Buy and Target, have also announced extended holiday hours.

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