Thanksgiving night 2012 at Target in Riverhead. (Credit: Grant Parpan, file)
“We are offering our shoppers options so that family and friends can choose to come together Thanksgiving evening after they have enjoyed their celebrations,” announced Steve Tanger, president and CEO of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers Inc.
Tanger Outlets stores in Riverhead and elsewhere in the U.S. will open at 6 p.m. this Thursday, Thanksgiving, for what the Tanger company is calling “Moonlight Madness.” In his statement about the earlier-than-ever hours for the outlet centers, Mr. Tanger went on to call shopping on Thanksgiving “a new family tradition.”
I place shopping — and with that, working — on Thanksgiving right up there with some other new American family traditions, including:
• needing two incomes to pursue home ownership,
• contributing to a 401(k) instead of receiving a pension and
• blowing entire paychecks on gasoline and home heating oil.
Catch the theme here?