NEW YORK -- More big-box stores are opening their doors on Thanksgiving to give shoppers a head-start on Black Friday shopping, and it's sparking a nationwide debate.
Macy's Inc. stirred up controversy earlier this month when it announced that its 800 stores would be open Thanksgiving night for the first time ever.
A Facebook page called "Say No To Shopping On Thanksgiving" subsequently popped up, asking people to pledge that they will spend time with their families on Thanksgiving instead of getting their Christmas shopping done early.
Everyone deserves a holiday, the pledge says.
Within four days, the pledge had been shared nearly 120,000 times.
While the majority of commenters on the page noted that they would rather be home with family, many KGW viewers pointed out the other side of the story: Some people prefer to work in retail stores on Thanksgiving.
"Some employees VOLUNTEER to work because they get paid double time or they aren't with their family for some reason," said Leslie Martin.
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Others said they need to save a little money on shopping and the Black Friday deals are worth skipping out on Thanksgiving dinner early.
Some stores including Costco, T.J. Maxx, Home Depot and Nordstrom have decided not to open on Thanksgiving, allowing their employees to take the family-focused holiday off.
Others, including Kohls, Target, Walmart, J.C. Penney and Best Buy will open on Thursday evening before the Black Friday shopping frenzy begins. Kmart said they plan to open Thanksgiving morning.
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Local stores in Portland are offering alternatives to "Big Box" shopping, and asking that people buy locally at "Little Boxes."