Closed on Thanksgiving

Closed on Thanksgiving

I say, “Good for you!” to the stores that opted to be closed on Thanksgiving. Some of these stores include:
• Costco
• Home Depot
• Barnes & Nobles
• PetSmart
• Nordstrom
• Lowe’s
• TJ Maxx
• Marshalls
• BJ’s
• Staples
• Office Depot
• Publix

These companies have chosen to put family first, which is one of my big things. Allowing people to stay home on Thanksgiving builds stronger employee relations and these days, when the world seems to be falling apart, it’s actually good marketing for them.

Some stores that will be open on Thanksgiving include:
• Walmart
• Target
• Best Buy
• Macy’s
• Dick’s
• Kmart
• Sears
• Dollar General
• Kohl’s
• Old Navy
• JC Penney
• Toys “R” Us
• Walgreens
• Food Lion (Closes at 3)
• Kroger

I can understand a grocery store and/or pharmacy being open for a short time, in the morning, for people who have forgotten something they need to make dinner or are ill and need medications. But I see absolutely no need for major department stores to keep regular hours on a national day of Thanksgiving, intended to be spent with family.

Now I’m going to go off on a rant, hold on tight…
What part of Black FRIDAY, do retailers not understand?!
I totally understand the idea of Black Friday shopping. I’ve never participated in it, nor do I have a desire to, but I have friends who love the deals they find and the comradery they have with other friends who enjoy the chaos of Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, shopping.

I have been thoroughly disgusted by the ads I’ve been seeing this year saying something along the lines of “Black Friday at ______ starts Thursday at 6PM” (or 4, or some other time). Most of them wisely avoid using the word Thanksgiving, they craftily use Thursday instead. Some have been bold enough to outright tell us that Black Friday shopping starts on Thanksgiving. Thursday is NOT Friday. If you’re going to start your Christmas sale on Thursday, don’t call it Black Friday. Come on. Sigh.

Stores are betting that opening earlier and earlier will help them scoop up our cash. But maybe the joke’s on them: a CNNMoney analysis found Thanksgiving openings did little to boost sales.

Personally, I prefer to take advantage of “Shop Local Saturday” and “Cyber Monday” avoiding the whole Thanksgiving/Black Friday confusion all together.

I hope you all had the opportunity to spend time with friends and/or family yesterday. Perhaps you are blessed enough to enjoy a long weekend with loved ones. Take the weekend to relax, the craziness of “the holidays” is upon us. As we go into the Christmas crunch, remember the reason for the season.

*Pam Horton is a Board Certified Advanced Christian Life Coach, in the Raleigh area.*


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