The forces that will clash across America this Thanksgiving are bigger than the open shop doors that have become the symbol of the battle.
An online petition has drawn more than 300,000 signatures pleading with Target not to open its stores on the national holiday. Wal-Mart is battling efforts by workers to use Black Friday to draw attention to its policies -- including opening on Thursday. And columns and editorials have been written condemning Thanksgiving sales.
Against that tide a steady stream of retailers have announced they'll be doing business for at least a few hours on Thanksgiving. Those with locations in the Pittsburgh market range from Target and Wal-Mart to Toys 'R' Us, Gabriel Brothers, Sears, hhgregg, Gander Mountain, Michael's and Kmart. Tanger Outlets in South Strabane will be opening at 10 p.m. Thursday