‘Black Thursday’ Backlash Sparks Big-Box Boycott

Though many big-box stores are gearing up for 24 or even 48 hours of non-stop sales this holiday weekend, some are fighting the new trend of shopping on Thanksgiving.

Retailers such as Target, Walmart, Kohl’s and Best Buy are opening their doors on Thursday in hopes of extending the Black Friday shopping binge, but that move has sparked a backlash from some who argue it’s unfair to force employees to sacrifice their holidays for sales.

A Facebook page dedicated to boycotting ‘Black Thursday’ has garnered more than 112,000 likes, and spawned the twitter hashtag #boycottblackthursday.

A growing number of retail chains seem to be getting the message.

This year, Costco, Publix, Sam’s Club, Barnes and Noble, Nordstrom and the Home Depot have all agreed to stay closed on Thanksgiving, along with DSW, Bed Bath and Beyond, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Pier 1 Imports, Burlington Coat Factory, Lowe’s, Gamestop and others.

Some supporters of the ‘Black Thursday’ boycott say they will continue the effort throughout December by prioritizing holiday spending at stores that stay closed on Thursday.

Via Boycott Black Thursday, here’s the list of  retailers who will be closed on Thanksgiving:

DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse
Pier 1 Imports
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Crate and Barrel
Barnes & Noble
American Girl
The Home Depot
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Sur La Table
Bed Bath & Beyond
Sam’s Club

Opening on Thanksgiving:
Walmart 6pm
Target 6pm
Sears 6pm
Toys ”R” Us 5pm
Best Buy 6pm
Big Lots
Shoe Carnival
Kmart 6am
Michaels Stores 4pm
Belk 6pm
Kohl’s 6pm
JCPenney 5pm
Stage 4pm
Goody’s 4pm
Peebles 4pm
Ulta 6pm
Bon-Ton 6pm
RadioShack (store openings vary by location)
Dick’s Sporting Goods


Poll Suggests Chapel Hill Is Open To Big Box Retail

CHAPEL HILL- Would a big box store be a boost to the tax base or a drain on the local economy? In Chapel Hill and Carrboro the debate has flourished for years.

Now Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling, says Chapel Hill may be ready to embrace at least one new name-brand store, and he’s got the numbers to prove it.

“There’s always been a lot of controversy over whether Chapel Hill would be open to a big box store, and what we found in this poll is that 56 percent of voters in town would like to have a Target in Southern Orange County,” says Jensen. “Only 15 percent are opposed to that idea.”

The proposed Obey Creek project across from Southern Village has been earmarked as a potential location for large-scale retail development, with Target as a possible anchor store.

Jensen also asked respondents how they’d feel about an Olive Garden in downtown Carrboro. While many in Orange and Chatham counties were receptive to the idea, Carrboro residents were not interested.

“Overall, voters in Orange and Chatham say they would support an Olive Garden in downtown Carrboro by a 44-35 margin,” says Jensen. What’s kind of funny when you break down the numbers is that voters in Carrboro itself are opposed to an Olive Garden- they don’t want it by a 55-33 margin.”

With many Orange County residents opening their property tax bills this time of year, Jensen says he thinks some taxpayers may be considering how to expand the commercial tax base.

The survey polled 484 registered voters living in Orange and Chatham counties. The margin of error is +/- 4.5 percent. You can find the full results here.