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Rep. Matt Lesser Joins Legislators Opposed to Thanksgiving Retail Openings

Two stores near Middletown — Wal-Mart in Cromwell and Kohl's in Berlin — are two of eight national retailers that will be open on Nov. 28 this year.

State Rep. Matt Lesser
State Rep. Matt Lesser

State Rep. Matthew Lesser, D-100th, is among a group of legislators who are cracking down on big retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving day.

Lesser, legislative leaders and advocates will speak at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford Tuesday at 3 p.m. in reaction to news that several area retailers, including Wal-Mart, Staples, Macy's and Target, are planning to open on Thanksgiving Day, a coalition of legislators and advocates will announce Tuesday plans to introduce legislation to curtail the practice.

Last year was the first time that many retailers began Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day itself, and this year, with the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas a full week shorter, more stores will be open on Turkey Day, thankful for the dollars. 

"Thanksgiving is a time when residents should be with their families, not forced to cater to Black Friday crowds. This is about basic family values,” Lesser said.

Two stores near Middletown — Wal-Mart in Cromwell and Kohl's in Berlin — are two of eight national retailers that will be open on Nov. 28 this year. Others are Best Buy, Target, Sears, J.C. Penney, Macy's and The Gap.

What do you think of stores beginning the holiday mega-push on Thanksgiving Day? Will you take part? Tell us in comments below.
Big K November 25, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Great move!!, I hope you will be able to do something to put a stop to this "Corporate Greed" and let the working folks enjoy the Day with their families as it was meant to be.
Anon November 25, 2013 at 07:18 PM
I feel conflicted about stores being open on Thanksgiving, but I don't think that legislation should happen. There are many people who do not celebrate Thanksgiving and/or would rather work because they need the money. Still, many people do celebrate and those should definitely not be FORCED to work on Thanksgiving. If a store is going to be open they should have workers volunteer to work and if they don't have enough people who will then they should just not open.
Sam November 25, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Anon said it all. I agree. Thanksgiving is a secular holiday. Wheteher to shop later in the day should be up to the individual.
CP November 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM
Thanksgiving is a day when we all, as Americans, should take the time to be with family and/or friends. It is a time to give thanks to the freedoms that we do have in this country that people in other countries do not. A time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. We will survive without shopping for the one day out of the year. Thanksgiving Day, being a secular holiday can, and should, be celebrated by all Americans without having to worry about the burden of working where normally that day is considered a holiday. Keep it going Matt, because if we let them continue, the stores will be open all day in the near future.

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