The holiday shopping season officially kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, with many stores opening Thanksgiving Day.
This year, however, a record number of retailers have decided not to open Thanksgiving Day. BestBlackFriday.com released its official list of closings recently, with 75 stores confirming they will not be open.
The website’s annual survey of shoppers showed 28.99 percent of the 1,069 people who responded “Strongly Dislike Thanksgiving Day Openings,” and 18.67 percent “Dislike” stores being open.
When BestBlackFriday.com contacted retailers to confirm their status, some gave official statements on why they chose to close on Thanksgiving.
Costco: "As an appreciation of all the hard work our employees do over the course of the year, we have always closed on Thanksgiving to give our employees a chance to relax and enjoy time with their families."
Guitar Center: "At its core, music is about bringing people together. Guitar Center will close all stores on Thanksgiving Day to ensure our store employees have the opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family, fostering connections and shared experiences through music." — Wayne Colwell, EVP of stores, Guitar Center
Mattress Firm: "At Mattress Firm, we value the importance of family and tradition. As in years past, we will not be opening our stores on Thanksgiving Day. We appreciate the hard work and dedication of our employees throughout the year. We know the power of sleep and believe our team deserves this time to rest and spend time with their loved ones." — Steve Stagner, executive chairman, president and CEO of Mattress Firm
Here is the list of closings so far. BestBlackFriday.com says it will update the list as new stores confirm their status.
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