Punch in: Best Buy to open at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day


Thanksgiving store openings now sound like a home run call in baseball that doesn't have an ending.

"It's back, back, back, back ... still back, back, back ... "

Retailers continue to open earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, in an attempt to tempt Black Friday shoppers into their stores with early deals.

On Tuesday morning, Best Buy offered its holiday details, the most recent in a string of store opening announcements.

The Richfield-based retailer is opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving – an hour earlier than fellow Minnesota company Target, which on Monday said it would be opening at 6 p.m. that day.

Just in the past few days, Kohl’s and Macy’s announced they would be open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day as well. Kmart will do the same, as will the new Twin Cities Premium Outlets in Eagan, manager Peter Lund told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

As retailers move the opening on Thanksgiving "back, back back, back ..." pressure and criticism is mounting, with advocates claiming its unfair to employees who shouldn't have to go to work on the prominent holiday.

But according to Time, even other business are now taking part. The site says about 24 retailers are opting not to be open on Thanksgiving, and are not-so-subtly taking jabs at those who do.

A spokesperson for TJX, which oversees Marshall's and T.J. Maxx (neither of which will open Turkey Day), told ThinkProgress, “We consider ourselves an associate-friendly company, and we are pleased to give our associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.”

Menards, in an ad explaining the decision last year Times says, wrote the following:

"Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Nothing more complicated than that."

In the statement announcing the decision, Best Buy briefly addresses the concern, saying:

"While we recognize the decision to open on Thanksgiving affects Best Buy employees, customers have made it clear that many of them want to begin shopping on Thanksgiving evening. In recent years, millions of Americans have shopped on Thanksgiving, and our store associates are excited and prepared to help customers fulfill their holiday wish lists."

The company says those holiday hours are filled by employees who "volunteer to work," and adds that hourly workers will get holiday pay for working Thanksgiving.

For Best Buy, there will be one significant change from last year: As Dallas News notes, Best Buy stores will not remain open all night, like they did in 2013. Instead, stores will close at 1.m. Friday before opening back up again seven hours later.

To see the company's announced deals, click here.

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