PANAMA CITY - More and more big-box stores are opening their doors on Thanksgiving, turning the holiday into Black Friday eve.
Macy's, J.C. Penney and Staples will open on Thanksgiving for the first time. Toys R Us will open at 5:00 p.m., and Wal-Mart, already open 24 hours in many locations, will start holiday deals at 6:00 p.m., two hours earlier than last year.
Other retail giants, like Best Buy, TJ Maxx and Home Depot, will be closed on Thanksgiving so their employees can spend time with their families.
Sure shopaholics and people with OCD love the idea of getting a jump on their Christmas shopping list. But there are plenty of people opposed to the idea of taking away the focus on family.
A Facebook page called "Say No To Shopping On Thanksgiving" has been a huge hit. The site, which asks people to pledge to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving instead of getting their Christmas shopping done early, has more than 53,000 fans and has been shared nearly a million times.
“Everyone deserves a holiday,” the pledge says.
Shoppers in Rhode Island, Maine and Massachusetts will not have a choice whether to shop or not to shop. Blue laws in those states prohibit large supermarkets, big box stores and department stores from opening on Thanksgiving. Some business groups complain, but many shoppers, workers and even retailers say they're satisfied with a one-day reprieve from work and holiday shopping.