Retail Employees Fight ‘Black Friday Creep’

Ideally, Casey St. Clair would be spending Thanksgiving relaxing and eating dinner with her boyfriend and his family. Instead, the part-time Target employee and substitute teacher will work next Thursday night during the early kickoff of the big-box retailer’s Black Friday sale. Stores will open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year, reflecting a wider shift in the retail industry toward getting a head start on the biggest shopping day of the year. As it stands now, Toys”R”Us, Wal-Mart, Sears and Kmart will be the first large retail chains to open their doors for bargain hunters at 8 p.m.

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