Though the big retail news this year has been about the increasing number of stores jump starting the holiday season by offering Turkey Day hours, some retailers are promoting the fact that they’ll remain closed until Black Friday.
Retailers say they prefer to let their employees spend the day with family and many report that customers approve that decision.
A backlash against Thanksgiving Day store openings on Thanksgiving has been blanketing social media and at Change.org, about a dozen petitions have garnered thousands of signatures urging retailers to keep their doors closed until Friday morning.
Of those that do, some, like Cabela’s, Home Depot and Lowe’s, will open at 5 a.m.; Ace Hardware opens at 7 a.m. and Nordstrom will open its doors at 8 a.m.
“I’m proud that BJ’s Clubs are, once again, closed on Thanksgiving, allowing our Team Members to enjoy the holiday,” said Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, in a press release. “We always must balance what is best for our Team Members with our sales goals.”
Some companies, like Nordstrom, have a long-standing tradition of pushing back against the Christmas shopping creep. The upscale retailer, which doesn’t even decorate stores until Black Friday morning, posts signs throughout its stores reading: “We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.”
Other chains staying shuttered on Thanksgiving include:
- Ace Hardware
- Barnes & Noble
- Burlington Coat Factory
- Home Depot
- Home Goods
- Radio Shack
- PC Richard & Sons
- Sam’s Club
- TJ Maxx
Are you supporting retailers who remain closed on Thanksgiving?