For many years people have celebrated Thanksgiving Day with family, friends and a big fat turkey – no I’m not talking about Uncle George. Football games on the front lawn and in the family room and good food on the dining room table have become as traditional as pumpkin pie. Many family members come from miles round and sometimes from out of state to be with family.
For a long time, some shoppers are out the door on Friday after Thanksgiving to begin months or shopping and preparing for Christmas. Then “Friday-After-Thanksgiving” became “Black Friday;” called that because it was the day that so many businesses got to get out the black ink for their books and be able to put away the red for a few months.
And then that was not enough commercialism – many stores began opening in ungodly hours on Friday morning with a few really good deals and with really huge crowds fighting over them.
And then up jumps a few retailers who began opening late on Thanksgiving Day to get folks into their stores before they had a chance to shop in others on Friday.
Soon many large stores followed suit….but this year things seem to be a little different. Employees had to be dragged from their family reunions and celebrations to serve the customers, and businesses began to think a little more about them than the bottom line.
The following stores, and perhaps more, will not be open on Thanksgiving.
Publix, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Marshall’s, Pier One, Nordstrom, T. J. Max, Crate Barrel, Costco, Dillard’s, Barnes and Noble, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Radio Shack, Sur La table, Jo Ann Fabrics, Home Goods, and GameStop. There may be others. Before rushing out on Thanksgiving, you should check with your stores for their new holiday hours.
Below are two websites reporting on Thanksgiving Day happenings.
Partial list of stores to be open on Thanksgiving:
Wal-Mart, Best buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target, K-Mart, Bon-ton, Belk and Stage.
You will need to check with individual stores for their opening hours. To save gas and sore aching feet, you might want to check out Black Friday’s web page. Making your list and checking it twice before heading out could save a lot of frustration and anxiety. Many retailers offer deals online as well.
When employees were questioned about how they felt about being open – there were mixed responses. Some just downright hate having to leave their families after cutting short their holiday. Others say it gives them the opportunity to make more money; and the stores who are open say it is better all the way around for both the store and the employees.
Some families are happy about the stores that chose to be closed and plan to shop with them when they open on Friday and through out their holiday shopping.
Remember to not let your emotions get the best of you – after all it is only stuff – stuff that will be long forgotten in time to come; but family and safety while shopping is PRICELESS.
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