It’s not just Costco that is closing on Thanksgiving

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NEW YORK — Once upon a time, you could eat Thanksgiving dinner without worrying whether you might miss a door-buster deal.

But in the past couple of years, stores have been falling over each other to offer Black Friday sales on Thursday itself, opening their doors before many people are even done with their turkey.

Now, some stores are saying enough.

GameStop and Nordstrom joined Costco in deciding they will remain closed on Thursday and open for Black Friday on, well, Friday.

Costco said its employees “deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families.”

Macy’s is still opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, continuing its recent tradition. And rival Kohl’s will do the same this year.

Last year, Thanksgiving sales started between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday at most major retailers. The nation’s largest retailer Wal-Mart started its sales at 6 p.m.

Kmart opened its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and didn’t close even for a few hours for the traditional dinner time, like other stores.

The retailers were criticized on social media and some people launched online petitions against taking away Thanksgiving dinner from store workers.

Most readers largely applauded Costco’s decision. But people who say they’ve worked in stores had a mixed reaction. Some said working the holiday came with perks and others were eager for the chance to work.


  • Anonymous

    What bothers me about this too is that it is not only affecting people who work but the consumer who, if they want deals, needs to leave on Thanksgiving making it an all around bad deal for everyone.

  • Anon

    Who cares about Costco? The media always makes Costco the good guy and Walmart the bad guy! People seem to forget that Sam’s Club, who is also owned by Walmart, closes on Thanksgiving also. So don’t try to put all the glory on Costco!

  • Anonymous

    For the very first commenter, I couldn’t agree more, that companies actually pressure consumers to shop earlier than they want to, because the consumer believes they will miss out on the “good deals”. However, most stores have better deals throughout December, just not all at one time . I personally don’t shop at walmart because I don’t believe in their business practices, but I am saddened by the fact that many big box stores have such little respect for their employees. They should operate on a volunteer basis, and only open if enough employees volunteer to work! It’s important to remember that the good deals can wait!!

    • Anonymous

      I agree with everything you posted and would like to add: our society today puts way too much emphasis on money!! They need to spend time with loved ones, family, and friends. That’s what is important. When the money gone you will need and want your family and friends and you will have great memories that no one can take away! Close all stores for Thanksgiving!! Make memories!! Everybody can shop on Friday!!

  • Zazzles

    Just give your employees the day off and pay them for it.. Its not going to break all these multi-billion dollar companies to treat their employees with a little dignity and respect. It’s appalling how much greed, vanity and selfishness have taken over our lives to the point where we can’t even go one day without having to buy something..

  • Anonymous

    I decided long ago that I will not shop (ever) at a company that does not give it’s employee’s Thanksgiving off.
    K-Mart is open even on Thanksgiving day. K-Mart will be gone by the end of 2015. What does that tell you?
    Thanksgiving is an American holiday and should be treated as such. If you need a turkey or a pair of shoe’s, clue: Pick them up one or two days before Thanksgiving. ;-)

  • Anonymous

    If people would just choose not to shop on thanksgiving they wouldn’t open. My wife works for Ann Taylor who will be opening at 6pm on Thanksgiving so she has to be there by 4 it’s ridicules and ruins or holiday.

  • Anonymous

    Although this is a great start and these companies should be applauded, there is a long road ahead! And who were these retail employees that they interviewed?! Yeah, the perk was you were off that day I’m sure, and the 3 or 4 employees interviewed that are for working on Thanksgiving or Christmas, do not even begin to speak for the very large number of the rest of the retail employees that are out there! And please believe me when I say that most of the latter would much rather be home spending time with their families and being able to, once again, actually enjoy the holiday season!!

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