60-plus stores have made the decision to stay closed for Thanksgiving

Junie Sihlangu
Oct 25, 2018
10:25 A.M.

Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, November 22, and Black Friday is on the following day. So far, more than 60 stores have revealed that they will be closing on Thanksgiving.


Some have even taken out statements explaining the move. This is the most confirmed closures ever seen currently in the year and more stores are expected to be added closer to the holiday.

Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are slowly decreasing physical traffic to stores and online sales keep growing. This was one of the reasons why many stores were finding it unnecessary to open their doors on Thanksgiving.

Some of the 60 plus stores that will be closed on November 22 are retailers like Costco, IKEA, Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and Lowe’s. Home goods stores like Crate and Barrel, At Home, Hobby Lobby, Home Depot, HomeGoods, Pier 1 Imports, and Homesense will also be nonoperational on the day.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Some clothing retailers that intend to close include Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls, dressbarn, Dillard's, and Burlington.


Last year, GameStop announced that it would be open on Thanksgiving after being closed the previous few years. While Stein Mart and Shoe Carnival chose to close after being open during previous years.


A few years back, REI started a trend where a handful of their stores would close on Black Friday. This is expected to remain the same this year.


Even though foot traffic is slowly declining for Thanksgiving, customers who frequent stores on the day are still extremely high. That means big stores like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, and Kohl’s, will probably stay open.


Although closing on such a big holiday is a great loss of sales for stores, they understand that Thanksgiving is about family. That means many people don’t want to work on the day.


Stores also want to show their employees that they care about them. Plus they don’t want people thinking they can only get the best deals in-store compared to online.


Costco had this to say about closing on the day:

“As an appreciation of all the hard work our employees do over the course of the year, we have always closed on Thanksgiving to give our employees a chance to relax and enjoy time with their families.”

Thanksgiving is a public holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the US and started as a harvest festival. Since 1789, the day has been celebrated nationally on and off.

The day has been celebrated as a federal holiday every year since 1863.

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