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Poll: What Do You Think of Black Friday's Super-early Start?

24 from Fridley signed a Minnesota man's petition to Target.

About 24 Fridley residents were among as many as 200,000 to sign a petition that  hand-delivered to the retailer's corporate headquarters in Minneapolis Monday, asking for a later start to Black Friday than the planned midnight opening.

The petition, at Change.org, had about two dozen signers from Fridley as of Monday night, according to Change.org spokeswoman Katie Bethell.

and another just north of the city in Coon Rapids, as well as a distribution center in the middle of the city.

Other big-box retailers, , will also open at midnight Thursday. Wal-Mart, with , will open at 10 p.m. Thursday.

Tom November 22, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Let the employees have their time with their family. Start Black later, and there will be the same amount of customers.
Katarina Hit November 22, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Logging in ate my comment, that's not nice Patch. I think it's sad and ridiculous. Retailers shouldn't be afraid to draw boundaries. I read an article in the Strib on Sunday, and part of it said that retailers basically feel this is how they have to compete and market against their competitors. I think they could take a stand on opening times and spin that into great marketing; Nordstrom did something similar when stores were starting Christmas items before Halloween. I think it's a sad comment on our culture...let's celebrate something other than such greedy consumerism.
David Troy November 22, 2011 at 03:29 PM
http://www.facebook.com/SmallBusinessSaturday I support small business owners by not shopping the big retailers regardless what day it is. I do not need to save a couple bucks; we need to fix our economy!
David Troy November 22, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Are the CEO's working at 12am? NO!
Rosemary Kumhera November 22, 2011 at 05:43 PM
I am in my late 70s and my family and I decided not to give gifts to each other because we have what we need. Some of us send donations to charities instead. I am adding a charity this year for RESEARCH FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER, LEUKEMIA OTHER CHILDHOOD ILNESSES. Innocent little children suffer so much and die from childhood illness. More research would help find cures. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and other holidays have become a commercial grab bag. Christmas used to be about Jesus being born and going to church and choir practice and family. Now days, instead of Advent calendars, we have a daily countdown on retail sales. I know that our economy depends on sales, but the corporate world is very greedy and the only thought they give to the middle class is how much we are buying. Corporate World, keep jobs in the U.S. People with jobs can buy more. As more and more "stuff" is offered for sale I keep thinking, it's just stuff. Do you know that IPADs and such are not manufactured in the U.S.? The U.S. needs to manufacture what it sells. Also, I have not used banks for many years. Credit Unions are not for profit. The money they make goes back to the members of the credit unions in the form of usually good interest rates. The problems with banks could be cured if people take their money out and put it in credit unions or small local banks. Big banks get away with greed because people let them. Christmas in the United States has lost its meaning. It's all about commerce.

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