J.C. Penney to open Thanksgiving as it tries to get back in the game

  • Article by: ANNE D'INNOCENZIO , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 11:57 AM

NEW YORK — J.C. Penney is opening its doors on Thanksgiving evening to kick off the holiday shopping season, as the beleaguered retailer hopes to get back in the game for the crucial selling period.

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mishugi300Oct. 18, 1310:30 AM

Gross. I'm generally not for laws like this, but its gone too far. We should ban non-essential stores from being open on the major national holidays. We've become to consumption centered, and it means that now hundreds of thousands of low wage workers across the country won't get to spend holidays with their families.

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lakeelmo99Oct. 18, 1310:42 AM

JC who? mishui300 has it right this is a non essential store taking desperate measures during desperate times for their business.

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rlwr51Oct. 18, 1310:45 AM

One more store to add to my list of places not to shop.

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rlwr51Oct. 18, 1310:46 AM

If you can't capitalize on Thanksgiving, eliminate it.

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ajnaguyOct. 18, 1310:52 AM

If people didn't lose their minds and come to these 'sales' in droves, the retailers wouldn't be doing this.

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circleoflifeOct. 18, 1310:55 AM

So many bitter people who don't understand that business is about DEMAND. Hohum..........why not celebrate the fact people who need the money and don't celebrate Thanksgiving anyway have the opportunity to work. Most, not all, businesses ask their employees if they want to work the holiday before they assess further need and then add to the schedule.

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roscoe2511Oct. 18, 1311:12 AM

I will not be doing any shopping on Turkey day. It is selfish. Consumers that shop on Thanksgiving are almost as much to blame for employees losing their holiday as the stores that choose to open up. Stores have slightly more blame as the final decision is theirs.

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jenyukiOct. 18, 1311:23 AM

roscoe2511: "Consumers that shop on Thanksgiving are almost as much to blame for employees losing their holiday as the stores that choose to open up." Nope - they are to blame. If no one shopped that day the stores wouldn't do it.

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jenyukiOct. 18, 1311:25 AM

mishugi300? A law? seriously? How about the law of supply and demand. Shoppers show up and spend money. The stores open. That is how it works. Don't like it? Don't shop that night.

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rlwr51Oct. 18, 1311:26 AM

circleoflifeOct. 18, 1310:55 AM "So many bitter people who don't understand that business is about DEMAND. Hohum..........why not celebrate the fact people who need the money and don't celebrate Thanksgiving anyway have the opportunity to work. Most, not all, businesses ask their employees if they want to work the holiday before they assess further need and then add to the schedule." - - - What makes you think people who don't have money don't celebrate Thanksgiving? - They expect everyone to work, like it or not, regardless of previous arrangements around, school, other jobs, child care, all for $7/hr and you usually end up with a 3-6 hour shift - wow, $30 bucks to ruin your holiday and you are threatened with loosing your job if you don't comply....I bet you call yourself one of those "family values" guys.

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