A growing number of major retailers are taking a stand for their employees and closing on Thanksgiving Day, which will be Thursday, November 22, 2018. The retailers have taken notice that a majority of Americans dislike the idea of forcing employees to work on Turkey Day. Retailers have also noticed that allowing employees to spend time with their families helps with public relations and cuts into profits less than ever as more Americans are opting to take advantage of Cyber Monday and other online shopping anyway.
A recent September survey by BestBlackFriday.com found that 47.66 percent of Americans dislike Thanksgiving openings while 24.67 percent still favor them. After all, Thanksgiving is still a day to be thankful and spend time with family, and how can we do that if we are out working or trying to get a deal on merchandise?
“Retailers understand that Thanksgiving is one of the top family-oriented holidays, and people just do not want to work. In addition to taking care of employees, many stores have also told us they do not want to force their customers into thinking they must shop in-store on Thanksgiving Day to get the best deals,” wrote Phil Dengler for BestBlackFriday.com.
The official list of 72 retailers (so far) that are verified as closing for Thanksgiving includes many big names, such as Barnes & Noble, Costco, Ikea, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and TJ Maxx. It’s the longest list of confirmed closures that the website has ever had, and there are many other retailers that are expected to close as well.
Below is a list of some of the retailers who will be closed on Thanksgiving: