Some mega retailers are dropping jaws as they are choosing to close their doors on Thanksgiving day — a gesture that employees of Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Home Depot, Costco, BJs, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Ross are most happy for, USA Today reports.
This is quite a spunky move for these corporations as Thanksgiving drew in 35 million shoppers last year; closing stores on Turkey Day is guaranteed to leave a small dent in profits. But who cares as Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, will make up for the lost revenue? Last year, Black Friday drew in an astounding 89 million shoppers!
“I appreciate brands that make the gutsy decision to defer some revenue and stay closed,” brand guru Erika Napoletano told USA Today. “They’re celebrating their most important asset — their employees.”
“We feel so strongly about our employees spending Thanksgiving with their families,” says spokeswoman Doreen Thompson for T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. “And we don’t anticipate this changing in the future.” Dillard’s also agreed to close down shop for the same reasons.
Home Depot and Costco, also granting their employees a day off, say that they’re not turning the lights on for Thanksgiving because there’s no pressure to do so. “This isn’t our make-or-break season like it is for many retailers,” says Stephen Holmes, spokesman for Home Depot.
And Nordstrom is no stranger to shutting down their stores for preserve Turkey Day for family time — the large department store has closed its doors for Thanksgiving since 1901! “Our customers appreciate us taking this approach,” says spokesman Colin Johnson.
Luckily for those who do want to do a little shopping, Walmart, Target, and Macy’s aren’t joining in on the bandwagon; the three superstores have already announced their Thanksgiving Day hours and are bracing themselves for the horde of stuffed and bloated holiday shoppers.