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Longer holiday hours please procrastinators, annoy some workers

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This year's shortened holiday shopping season, with six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas, is prompting retailers to extend hours to give shoppers additional opportunities to check off all the names on their lists.

The Star Tribune reported that Macy’s Rosedale is among 36 stores in the national chain that will begin a retail marathon on Friday, with stores remaining open round-the-clock through 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Also going 24/7 are all Kohl’s stores, open from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve and all Toys R Us outlets, which will cater to shoppers from 6 a.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Christmas Eve.

USA Today reported that Nordstrom and K Mart will also have keep later hours on Christmas Eve and the days leading up to it and noted that many Walmart stores are already 24/7 destinations. On Christmas Eve, Target stores will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.

Some employees at the Albertville Outlet Mall are dismayed by their extended shifts. This year the Albertville mall will remain open until 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Patch reports that several employees have complained that they will miss evening church services because of the later hours. A worker on the housekeeping staff noted that he will be on site until 9 p.m.

A group of Albertville outlet mall employees and their supporters started a petition before Thanksgiving to ask Simon Properties to close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. The petition now has more than 1,200 signatures asking for the earlier closure. A spokesperson for Simon said that the mall would keep the longer hours as a service to customers.

“If a shopper absolutely must purchase a gift that late, they are not going to an outlet mall. They will be at a gas station, picking up gas cards or going online to print out gift vouchers,” wrote mall employee Caroline Olivia.

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