Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017... and why sometimes that isn't the point and doesn't help employees at all

It's the first week of October and I've started seeing lists all over the internet of the store's closed on Thanksgiving Day in order to let employee's "enjoy the holiday and celebrate with their families".  Which sounds great doesn't?  But one thing most people don't know, unless your career involves working in the retail business is - even when the store is closed to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day - some of those employees are STILL WORKING ON THANKSGIVING DAY.


Because they are gearing up for the early opening and door breaker 'deals' for Black Friday. 

Many stores feel pressured to open their doors at 12:00 AM for Black Friday.  Others may open at 4:00, 5:00, 6:00 am.  Some stores have people lined up around their building for hours and hours before opening.  Some have to be prepared inside with lines stationed off to keep customers in an organized line for checking out and those lines often snake all the way through the store.

The special door buster deals, signage and products have to be set up and ready for shoppers.  This can take hours.

The store management team as well as many employees have to report for work on Thanksgiving afternoon and evening to get ready for the door opening of Black Friday.

Our family has retail workers in it ranging from management on down to cashiers.   Our family members have had to leave for work at 2:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day to start to get the store ready for a midnight opening for Black Friday shoppers.  That means the schedule usually involves a noon Thanksgiving meal celebration and very little time for 'family' or 'football' or 'games' or anything else because those retail employees have to report to work at 3:00 or 5:00 or 7:00 ON THANKSGIVING.

In other words...  sure, the store might be closed to shoppers but the management team and some of the employee's are still not celebrating with their family or attending church services, watching football or playing board games with their family... they are inside the store getting it ready for all the craziness that we call Black Friday Shopping. 

Here are the stores (so far) being reported to be closed on Thanksgiving.  Although what is really needed is to do away with "EARLY" opening and midnight door busters and for stores to simply open at regular hours on Friday.  Then the employee's could actually be home on Thanksgiving too... just like the customers get to.

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • At Home
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cabela’s
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Ethan Allen
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Micro Center
  • Music & Arts
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Party City
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine