New York Mall Will Fine Stores If They Don't Open On Thanksgiving

Black Friday has traditionally been a shopping day the day after Thanksgiving. But as retailers seek a way to boost their profits, many are extending their sales to Thanksgiving day itself, forcing employees to work on a national holiday traditionally reserved for spending time with family.

One mall in Central New York is taking this to the next level, actually fining stores if they refuse to open on Thanksgiving. Walden Galleria Mall in Buffalo, New York has told retailers that they will face some form of fine for not opening at 6pm that day.

“We’re just stuck following the rules, because if we didn’t, we’d be fined by the mall and being a small company, that’s substantial to us. We can’t just pay that. We have to stay open,” said Shaun Deutsch, manager of Tee Shirt University store, to the local news. “It’s been a lot different this year trying to find people to work. It’s not been easy. I’ve been forced to schedule myself because I can’t find anyone else, really, to help me out.”

Walden Galleria joins a host of retailers that will be open on Thanksgiving this year, including Walmart and Target. Others, such as Costco and Gamestop, have taken a stand, refusing to open on Thanksgiving. 

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