ANDERSON — The shopping phenomenon that can turn mildmannered grandmothers into defensive ends worthy of NFL consideration just got a little bigger.
That's because Black Friday sales are starting to encroach on the traditional Thanksgiving holiday.
This year, more than 13 businesses in Anderson say they are extending their shopping hours and plan to offer special holiday sales and discounted prices on Thanksgiving Day.
According to BlackFriday.com, the day after Thanksgiving is considered one of the best shopping days of the year for retailers. Profits, which are often noted in black ink, are made by merchants on this particular day instead of a red-ink loss.
That is how the name Black Friday was coined.
But as more and more shoppers take advantage of the sale items offered in small, limited quantities, an increasing number of incidents involving violence and mayhem are being reported.
In recent years, retailers have started to extend the time between their sales to keep shoppers in the stores longer and to help reduce large crowds which had the potential to become unruly.
This decision, however, has resulted in some retailers looking for more shopping hours — even if those hours are on Thanksgiving Day.
Online petitions of outrage have been circulated to protest the new and extended shopping hours that will require employees to work odd hours or even all day on the traditional holiday. But supply and demand drive business and retailers say they have plenty of supply to create a demand.
“If everyone would quit shopping on Black Friday, they would stop the sales, but they won’t quit,” said Rick French, a store manager for the Kmart located at 2828 N. Broadway.
French said working on Thanksgiving is nothing new for Kmart employees. The store has been open for years on the holiday.
“It’s retail and they know they have to sacrifice a lot and reschedule their holidays, but we do what we can with it,” he said.