Though many places have been receiving criticism for it, a good amount of retailers will be opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day for shoppers to get a kick start on their holiday shopping. While Black Friday has been the traditional day to shop, most stores will be opening earlier than the usual in hopes of luring in early-bird holiday shoppers. Most stores are now open on Thanksgiving Day, but there are still a few retailers keeping the tradition of letting the employees spend the holiday with their families.
These decisions are a thing of controversy. REI, for instance, received a flood of praise for its firm decision to stay closed on what ShopperTrak predicts will be the busiest sales day of the season. Many consumers see employees being forced to work on a holiday centered around family to be a shame, and they blame the company for doing so.
Many shoppers claim that because of the convenience of Internet shopping, there is no need for retailers to stay open on Thanksgiving Day. As a result of the retailers being open, many employees are scheduled to work and forced to make their families take a backseat. In 2014, an estimated 134 million people shopped online and in stores over Thanksgiving weekend, according to the National Retail Federation. Friday was the busiest day of that weekend, with 87 million shoppers making purchases on the day known as Black Friday.
So, what is open this Thursday (Thanksgiving) and what is not? It may be hard to decipher which retailers are maintaining the traditional values or are pushing their employees to work the holidays.
Retailers that are choosing to open their doors Thanksgiving Day include:
Lord & Taylor
Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH
Toys R Us
Other retailers, however, are keeping their doors closed and allowing their employees to stay at home with family:
Barnes and Noble
Half Price Books
The Home Depot
P.C. Richard & Son
Saks Fifth Avenue
Many consumers will be taking advantage of the earlier opening times this holiday. Although it means they will have to leave the dinner table early and go and stand on long lines, many people will go out in search of the best deals.
If you are pondering going out this weekend to cross a few items off your holiday gift list, be sure you have a plan of action. If you are going to one of the stores that are open on Thanksgiving or Black Friday, be sure you know exactly what you are going in the store to get. Many retailers map out where hot items are located. Get a map and have a plan so that you have a successful shopping trip with as little stress as possible.