By Karli Regalbuto
HAMDEN- People are talking about whether or not stores should be open on Thanksgiving Day and on Black Friday. Chain discount stores across the country are taking different approaches to the holiday hours. The different hours will affect local chain stores such as Target, Walmart, and Kohls.
Students at Quinnipiac University shared their opinions on the Black Friday shopping tradition.
Annie Schuppe, a Quinnipiac student, didn’t see anything wrong with having stores open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
“I don’t see any issue because the hours are split into shifts," she said. "The workers can still make time to see their families and shop for the holidays, too.”
Another student, Kelly Gorman, has worked Black Friday the past four years. She thinks it is fine to have stores open on Black Friday.
“They should 100 percent be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but opening at midnight is perfect, I don’t mind it at all,” Gorman said.
Peter Concilio, another student at Quinnipiac, agrees with the idea to have stores closed on Thanksgiving Day but open on Black Friday.
“For Thanksgiving Day, absolutely not! For Black Friday, absolutely yes," Concilio said. "People need to walk off all those calories and look forward to another long day of mayhem.”
The Walmart in Hamden will be open on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday. The store hours will not change due to the holiday. It will remain open on both days from 7 a.m. until midnight. There are Black Friday discounts in store, followed by Cyber Monday deals.
The Hamden location for Kohls will open later than normal on Thanksgiving Day. It will be open from 6 p.m. until 12 a.m. after Black Friday. The normal hours are 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Thursday’s and 8 a.m. until midnight on Friday’s. There are 66 pages full of discounts available in store on Black Friday. Kohls will also be participating in Cyber Monday.
The Target in North Haven is also opening its doors later on the holiday. On Thanksgiving Day, it will be open from 6 p.m. until midnight. It will open again on Black Friday at 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Shoppers can apply early for the REDcard to gain early access to deals. There are thousands of deals for Black Friday as well as Cyber Monday.