A Target store employee in California hand-delivered more than 350,000 signatures from her online petition to Target's downtown corporate headquarters on Monday, Mendota Heights Patch reports. Casey St. Clair hopes the petition on Change.org will convince the big-box retailer to reverse its decision to open stores at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
“We’ve heard from many of our team members that they are supportive of our plans, excited to get additional hours, holiday and incentive pay, and understand the need to compete," Tim Curoe, Target's vice president of Human Resources, told WCCO.
Target also defended its decision to open Thanksgiving night last week. The retailer said only one-third of Target store team members are scheduled to work on Thanksgiving night, and that at many stores, there were ”more volunteers than shifts to fill.”
Consumers and employees have also criticized Target's main rival Wal-Mart, which will begin its holiday shopping frenzy at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. There are roughly 130 Black Friday-related petitions posted online.
Richfield-based electronics retailer Best Buy, meanwhile, will open its stores on Black Friday at midnight, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
Last year, about 190,000 people signed an online petition protesting Target’s plan to open at midnight on Black Friday.