Mega retailers being open for part of Thanksgiving Day is nothing new, but usually stores close for a few hours so employees can get in a little guaranteed family time. Kmart added a twist in their Thanksgiving/Black Friday plans this year when they announced plans to stay open 41 hours straight, starting at 6 AM on Thanksgiving Day, November 28. And guess what? People are mad.
Some Twitter users are calling for shoppers to boycott Kmart for opening all Thanksgiving Day, which may just happen unintentionally as Kmart saw a 5.5 percent drop in sales in the first 9 months of the year. Check out some of the angry tweets Kmart has received below.
Sad to see @Kmart show how much they care about their employees by making them work all day Thanksgiving to squeeze out a few more dollars
— IVPvideos (@IVPvideos) November 6, 2013
Love reading @Kmart repeat the same quote over & over as everyone talks about how PATHETIC they are 4 ruining Thanksgiving. Its not helping.
— The Reptile™ (@RayReptile) November 6, 2013
For the people who hate their families, KMart will be opening at 6am Thanksgiving Day.
— Joseph Williams (@jspwilliams) November 6, 2013
Will you do any of your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day? Respond below.
In all fairness, Kmart won’t be the only store that will open on Thanksgiving this year, and some 24-hour Walmart stores reportedly stay open all day on Thanksgiving to avoid some of the Black Friday chaos. Even Macy’s announced that they will open on Thanksgiving for the first time this year at 8 PM.
After receiving hundreds of angry tweets directed their way, Kmart responded on their Twitter page with the following:
@hmurphine Kmart is staffing w/ teams & seasonal associates when possible, giving them opportunity to make extra money during holiday.
— Kmart (@Kmart) November 6, 2013
Naturally, this was met with a lot of snarky responses.
— Adam C. Smith (@MrAdamCSmith) November 6, 2013
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— ned miller (@nedmiller) November 6, 2013