Best Buy Black Friday 2011 Opening Store Hours Continues Despite Petition

The Best Buy Black Friday 2011 midnight opening will continue, despite an online petition with thousands of signatures requesting the retail store to open at 5 a.m.

As noted by Best Buy on its press release on Thursday, November 17, 2011, their stores will open on midnight of Black Friday 2011, this coming November 25, which they said is an important date for their business.

“We equally recognize the important role of our employees in bringing a terrific shopping experience to our customers. We therefore made the difficult decision to move our opening Black Friday to midnight.” Best Buy wrote.

“We know this decision changes Thanksgiving plans for some of our employees, and we empathize with those who are affected.” Best Buy added, noting that their employees play a critical role during Black Friday.

Apparently, this is Best Buy‘s response to the online petition posted at Change.org, which was started by Rick Melaragni, a Best Buy employee of eight years in Tampa, Florida.

“A midnight opening robs the hourly and in-store salary workers of time off with their families on Thanksgiving Day.” A statement wrote in the online petition, requesting Best Buy to open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

“By opening the doors at midnight, Best Buy is requiring team members to be in the store late on Thanksgiving Day.” The statement added, noting that a full holiday with family is for all Americans. The online petition has 10,498 signatures as of this writing.

As reported earlier, Best Buy stores will open at midnight on Thursday, November 24 and early customers who will fall in line as early as 10 p.m. will be given tickets to cash-in the doorbuster items.

Best Buy also released earlier its 24-page Black Friday 2011 ad and featured various entertainment and electronic products with attractive deals.