Stores Against Black Friday

Thanksgiving every year slowly gives up more and more of its time for the craze known as Black Friday, where crazy consumers go out and try to find deals on gifts for Christmas or whatever in an all-day, all-out shopping spree. Unfortunately, Black Friday has started taking over Thursday with retailers opening their doors earlier and earlier, so as early as 5 PM on Thanksgiving.  However, we commend the stores for standing their ground and realizing Thanksgiving is a time meant for family. These are the stores against black friday:


1. Sam’s Club is closed Thanksgiving and…

Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Day, so they really do understand the meaning of family values. Thanks, Sam!


2. T.J. Maxx would feel bad if their company was what kept people from getting together with families, just to make a few bucks off some bargain hunters…


Spokeswoman Doreen Thompson explained their rationale: “We feel so strongly about our employees spending Thanksgiving with their families. And we don’t anticipate this changing in the future.


3. Marshalls is owned by TJX which also owns T.J. Maxx…

So, they have the same values and will therefore be closed as well.


4. Barnes & Noble is closed on Thanksgiving, so if you simply can’t stand to be around your family any longer…

Read a book in their honor, and maybe shop online. Just don’t go to Barnes & Noble, because they’ll be closed, like we said.


5. There are nearly 127,000 employees of the third largest retailer in the United States…

All of which will be spending much deserved time with their loved ones during Thanksgiving, rather than dealing with terrifying customers searching for deals like the rules of society no longer exist.


6. Staples had a change of heart since being open for Thanksgiving last year…

Demos Paneros, president, North American stores and online for Staples said: “We want our customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way.”


7. REI is closed on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday which aligns with what the company stands for…

Their CEO explains:  “(We) believe that being outside makes our lives better.” So, he is, “paying our employees to head outside.”


8. GameStop believes there is more important things to do on Thanksgiving than be out scouring stores for the “best” deals available…

Mike Buskey, executive vice president and president of U.S. Stores had this to say at a press release: “We believe strongly that our customers and associates should have the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends, and not worrying with the stress of where to find the best shopping deals. We know this is in stark contrast to what many other retailers are doing, but we are taking a stance to protect family time during this important holiday.”


9. Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts also realizes holidays should be spent with families…

Travis Smith, former CEO and president of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. said in 2011: “Out of respect to our Team Members and their families, Jo-Ann stores will not be open Thanksgiving Day.”


10. Designer Shoe Warehouse doesn’t want to open their doors because of a company/family tradition…


In a statement, the company explained: “Family time is extremely important to us, and we want our associates to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones.


11. For the CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, staying closed on Thanksgiving is a no brainer (and we’d have to agree)…

He told Huffington Post back in 2013: “Maybe call me old-fashioned, but I feel that it’s an easy decision to make [to stay closed on Thanksgiving].


12. Dillard’s has a longstanding company tradition, you know, that lines up with the tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving…

A spokesperson explained last year around this time: “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers’ and associates’ time with family.


13. Patagonia had the most obvious response as to why they will not be opening their retail doors on Thanksgiving day…

A spokesperson said: “It’s a holiday—we’re closed!”

Well, isn’t that just too obvious to be true?! Unfortunately, many, many other retailers will be open as Black Friday Madness continues to slowly take over the best holiday there is, because it’s dedicated to just eating. Shop on, savvy consumers (not for food apparently)

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