In recent years, the Black Friday craze has inched further and further into Thanksgiving. With stores opening as early as 5 p.m. on Thursday, festive dinners are being overshadowed by shopping frenzies. Retailers like to point the blame at consumers—in a survey last year, 38 percent of shoppers said they planned to shop on Thanksgiving—but opening a day early also runs the risk of cannibalizing sales that could have been made on Friday. Furthermore, with stores open the day before, the idea of going shopping in the middle of the night for already picked-over merchandise seems unnecessary.
But there are still stores that allow workers to stay home and enjoy the holiday. Here are some of the bigger retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving.
DSW issued a statement on their Facebook page explaining that they believe family comes first. As a result, they are closed for Thanksgiving, and not opening until 7 a.m. on Friday.
The warehouse club has always had a reputation for being good to their employees. This Thanksgiving, the nearly 127,000 Costco employees will have the opportunity to spend the holiday with their families.
Last year, the retailer distributed flyers that explained, “We won’t be decking our halls until Friday, November 29. Why? We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time.” They’re continuing that tradition this year as well.
A Dillard’s spokesperson told ThinkProgress, “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers’ and associates’ time with family.”
BJ’s Wholesale Club has confirmed they will be closed Thanksgiving. Last year, their CEO told HuffPost, “maybe call me old-fashioned, but I feel that it’s an easy decision to make [to stay closed on Thanksgiving].”
6. BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY
The retailer made a point of staying closed last year, as well.
REI confirmed with ThinkProgress that they will be staying closed this year.
8. AMERICAN GIRL
9. CRATE AND BARREL
10. JO-ANN FABRIC AND CRAFT STORES
“Out of respect to our Team Members and their families, Jo-Ann stores will not be open Thanksgiving Day,” explained Travis Smith, chief executive officer and president of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. “We ask a lot from our Team Members during the holidays, and Thanksgiving Day is a valued tradition for many families. We believe it is important for our Team Members to be able to spend this time with their loved ones.”
11. T.J. MAXX
“We feel so strongly about our employees spending Thanksgiving with their families,” says spokeswoman Doreen Thompson. “And we don’t anticipate this changing in the future.”
Marshalls, like T.J. Maxx, is owned by TJX and will therefore also be closed.
13. PIER 1 IMPORTS
Pier 1 traditionally decides to stay closed for Thanksgiving.
15. SIERRA TRADING POST
The Facebook page Boycott Black Friday confirms that Sierra Trading Post will closed for the holiday.
16. BARNES AND NOBLE
Their website gives the following reason for staying closed: “We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27 so that our booksellers can be with their family and friends. ”
18. SAM’S CLUB
Sam’s Club is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
19. HOME DEPOT
Home Depot stays closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
When asked why, a spokesperson responded “It’s a holiday—we’re closed!”
October 30, 2014 – 10:00pm
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