More stores join Costco in remaining closed on Thanksgiving

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Once upon a time, you could eat Thanksgiving dinner without worrying whether you might miss a doorbuster deal.

But in the last couple of years, stores have been falling over each other to offer Black Friday sales on Thursday itself, opening their doors before many people are even done with their turkey.

Now, some stores are saying enough.

GameStop and Nordstrom joined Costco in deciding they will remain closed on Thursday and open for Black Friday on, well, Friday.

Costco said its employees “deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families.”

Macy’s is still opening at 6 p.m. on Thursday, continuing its recent tradition. And rival Kohl’s will do the same this year.

Last year, Thanksgiving sales started between 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday at most major retailers. The nation’s largest retailer Walmart started its sales at 6 p.m.

Kmart opened its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving day and didn’t close even for a few hours for the traditional dinner time, like other stores.

The retailers were criticized on social media and some people launched online petitions against taking away Thanksgiving dinner from store workers.

Readers who commented on CNNMoney’s coverage of Costco largely applauded its decision:

But people who say they’ve worked in stores had a mixed reaction. Some said working the holiday came with perks, and others were eager for the chance to work.

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  • Brad Millar

    2 things. 1, even if a store closes for “a few hours for the traditional dinner time” doesn’t mean people aren’t working. They are setting the next ad set or moving Black Friday deals out to the sales floor. 2, it doesn’t matter how many people complain or sign a petition by clicking a button online. Most stores will not stop opening earlier and earlier at the holidays until people stop shopping. I was a Store Manager for Kmart and I couldn’t count how many people would waltz in at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day or 11pm on Christmas Eve, comment “It’s so sad you guys are open, you should be with your families” and then proceed to shop for $5 socks.

  • Maria romo

    Am with Costco the tradition should stay the same like it has for centuries thank giving is a day for thanking our family our friend & neighbors for having a beautiful year & the banking our Lord for all the wonderful thing he has done for us so let it be special

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