At least 13 large retailers have decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving. In various statements, the companies have cited the questionable benefits of opening on Thursday and the importance of preserving the holiday for employees and customers alike.
Some stores that do plan to open on the national holiday say that they are responding to customer demand and that fierce pressure from competitors necessitates their Thursday openings. Holiday shopping season is a key time for retailers, and stores are trying to boost sales by adding an extra day to the critical period.
Still, the so-called "War on Thanksgiving" has come up for criticism from those who want the holiday cordoned off from shopping and argue that workers need a day off. Others have questioned whether opening on Thanksgiving really helps boost holiday sales.
Bill Martin, the founder of ShopperTrak, a company that monitors shopping trends in malls, told MarketWatch that he questions whether opening on Thanksgiving really helps overall holiday sales at all. “Thursday is simply selling the stuff at the expense of Black Friday," Martin said.
So who has decided to shut their doors for the holiday? We decided to find out.
“Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families. Nothing more complicated than that."
"We consider ourselves an associate-friendly company."
3. Barnes & Noble
"We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 27 so that our booksellers can be with their family and friends."
"We believe it’s the right decision not only for our employees, but also for our customers. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and we’ll see you on Black Friday."
5. T.J. Maxx
"We are pleased to give our Associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends."
6. Neiman Marcus
"We hope our associates enjoy the time with family and friends."
7. Burlington Coat Factory
“All Burlington locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving so that our associates and customers can spend the special holiday with their loved ones."
"We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time."
"We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers' and associates' time with family."
11. American Girl
"Our stores have never been open on Thanksgiving, so this is not a new decision for us."
12. Sam's Club
"Based on member feedback, we have elected to close our clubs Thanksgiving Day."
“It’s a holiday – we’re closed!"