Here are the area stores where I’m not shopping this year:
Opening Thanksgiving morning
Wal-Mart: open 24 hours. Black Friday deals start at 6 p.m.
Kmart: 6 a.m.
Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; reopening at 6 a.m. Black Friday
Bass Pro Shops: Auburn store (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving; 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday), Utica store (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday)
Gander Mountain: 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving to 2 a.m. Black Friday; reopening at 6 a.m. Black Friday
Old Navy: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; reopening at 7 p.m. (the Great Northern store will reopen at 8 p.m.)
The rest of you can consult your own moral code, Lord and Savior, or spouse and family to decide where to shop, but for me, being open all day on Thanksgiving is a bridge too far. If you open at 6 PM on Thanksgiving (which a whole bunch of others stores are), at least you’re giving your employees a chance to spend the day with the family.