‘Gray Thursday’ not a day off for all

November 28, 2013 • Local News

Susie and Dominic Lopez, of Rio Rancho, right, Patsy Hernandez, of Roswell, seated left, and Hope Leyva, of Albuquerque, get a head start on their Black Friday shopping, occupying the front of the line at Target, Thursday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)

Walmart, Target, Big Lots, Kmart, OfficeMax, Hastings, Sears, JCPenney, Bealls, IHOP, Golden Corral, Cattleman’s Steak House — What do these places have in common?

They, among others, were all open Thanksgiving Day in Roswell.

Many stores and restaurants have stayed open on Thanksgiving for years. But with the advent of what national media has dubbed “Gray Thursday,” a greater number of retail locations opened their doors or expanded hours the last Thursday of November, with some staying open overnight.

Chain stores used the extra day of business to kick off the holiday season by pushing up sales, a great convenience for shoppers seeking Turkey Day materials at the last minute and lower prices on goods.

The bottom line for employees of these locations was a little less convenient: They Login to read more

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