To open on the most family-oriented American holiday is tough on associates, who must also forego their family time. Macy's defends its decision for opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving because the majority of the shifts are filled voluntarily by employees who would rather sacrifice their Thanksgiving to have off on Black Friday.
However, in states like Rhode Island, Maine, and Massachusetts, this is a non-event as there are laws dating back to the 17th century that make it illegal for retailers to open on Thanksgiving.
This year, retailers are waking up and respecting the fact that associates should be at home with their families. Costco was the first to jump on the bandwagon and close its doors on Thanksgiving, stating that its employees "deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families."
There are several good reasons a store might close for Thanksgiving:
- Retailers can improve their reputation and ultimately bring in more shoppers for the holiday season
- By closing on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday sales will inevitably improve
Without further ado, here are the 22 retailers that are putting the family back in Thanksgiving and refusing to open their doors:
|2||Pier 1 Imports|
|4||The Home Depot|
|9||Barnes & Noble|
(TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods)
|13||Burlington Coat Factory|
|15||Crate and Barrel|
|17||Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts|
|18||Sierra Trading Post|
*Update: After the story was published it was released that Academy Sports + Outdoors and Cabela's will also be closed on Thanksgiving, bringing the list to 24 retailers.