When the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons roll around, shoppers expect stores to be open during their usual hours, if not later to accommodate holiday shoppers. But this year it seems like that is all changing, as some stores are closing their doors early and keeping them shut on Thanksgiving Day. Several retail store chains across the country have decided to stay closed so their employees can enjoy the holidays.
Some of the more notable stores who are continuing in this tradition are T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Costco. “As in past years, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores will be closed on Thanksgiving so our associates can enjoy the holiday with family and friends,” a discount retailer announced in a press release earlier in the month.
Richard A. Galanti, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Costco Wholesale, relayed to The New York Times, “It’s an important holiday in the U.S., and our employees work hard during the holiday season, and we believe they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving Day with their family and friends.” Costco is the second largest retailer in the country preceded only by Walmart.
Several new stores are joining in on the growing trend this year. The list is long and lengthy, but some of the larger stores closing on Thanksgiving include Ace Hardware, Barnes & Noble, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Burlington Coat Factory.
Some stores however are opening up earlier, moving Black Friday up to begin on turkey day. Kmart will open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and will remain open for 42 hours straight. J.C. Penny opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, which is three hours earlier than the store opened last year. Macy’s opens at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than the year before.
Holiday shoppers will definitely have to plan their shopping more carefully this year in order to get good deals on products while also finding stores that are actually open.