Re: Good advice, Doug
I bartended through college and, while I took off Christmas because I traveled to see my family, I always worked on Thanksgiving (Thursdays - Saturdays were my regular nights) and I loved it. People were usually in a great mood; they'd spent time with family or friends -- and had broken free to bend an elbow -- so typically tipped really well! That's a bit different from retail in that nobody was waiting on line for hours in search of a particular bargain, but it still meant employees tore themselves away from Thanksgiving tables to wait on other people. Everyone who worked the holidays did so voluntarily, although nobody got time-and-a-half because we all worked for tips.
I've been asking retail employees whether they're happy to work on Thanksgiving. Most have said they are because they're working shorter shifts and/or getting paid extra. I went to Target last Thanksgiving because of a great deal they offered and the mood - among employees and customers - was kinda fun; this year I won't, because we have family in town. It will be interesting to see the sales figures for the day. The proof will definitely be in the receipts -- or they won't. If sales are healthy, then expect to see more stores open in 2015. If they're not, then the number of those declining to open on Thanksgiving 2015 will expand, but not necessarily because they find the concept morally reprehensible.