Longer holiday hours please procrastinators, annoy some workers


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 Change.org 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.

Next Up

Eddie Rosario

Report: Twins place Eddie Rosario on outright waivers

The outfielder's time with the team appears to be coming to an end.

radio station, microphone

Christian music broadcaster revealed as buyers of Go Radio

Educational Media Foundation. operates the K-Love brand, which has a presence already in the Twin Cities.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 5.04.39 PM

St. Paul police chief reportedly fires officer who shot naked, unarmed man

Chief Todd Axtell said the officer's use of force was not reasonable.

Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.


Signs come down at Giordano's restaurant in Uptown

It appears the restaurant has closed for good.

State Capitol.

Walz eyes COVID-19 relief package totaling $300-$600 million amid budget surplus

The state forecasted a budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium.

Bar beer

Walz non-committal on extension of restaurant, gym closures

He has suggested that the ban on mixing with people outside your household could continue over Christmas.