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Stores Open On Thanksgiving: Will You Go?

Poll QuestionJust about everyone seems to be up in arms about retailers beginning the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving Day instead of on Black Friday.

Of course, a store can’t be open without employees working. And if employees are working, they’re not spending Thanksgiving with their families.

And the general sentiment is that Thanksgiving is about family, not about working. Or shopping.

But here’s the thing: Retailers wouldn’t open their doors on Thanksgiving if they didn’t think people would come in, fill their shopping carts and open their wallets.

And according to a slew of recent surveys, they’re not wrong.

The National Retail Federation estimates 33 million shoppers will hit the stores and not their couches after turkey dinner.

Of those, 69.2% say they shopped last year on Thanksgiving – either online or in stores.

Given that we’re looking at a short holiday shopping season, with Thanksgiving not having fallen this late on the calendar since 2002, retailers want and — let’s face it — need those dollars.

The NRF says Black Friday will continue to be the big shopping day of Thanksgiving weekend, with 97 million people shopping. On Saturday, that number drops to 61 million and on Sunday to 34 million.

As much as we long for the time when store windows remained darkened until the wee hours of the day after Thanksgiving, retailers’ new attitude of “if we open, they will come” is likely to stay.

Especially if shoppers actually do come.

Of course, if folks stay home, enjoying the day with their families, and stores don’t profit, then perhaps retailers will backtrack on this new tradition.

Shoppers, it’s up to you.

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  1. Darcy Lewis said:
    on November 25th at 10:01 am

    Very timely question. I hope people vote with their wallets and stay home this year. Shopping on TG won’t help anyone, including the retail workers themselves.

  2. Chris Atkinson said:
    on November 25th at 11:19 am

    I think it’s a shame we’ve become so selfish that we put our own interests in front of everyone else’s on Thanksgiving — a day when we’re supposed to give thanks to our friends and family — not our retailers. As someone who has a family member who has to work on Thanksgiving, it breaks my heart. I hope the money made is worth taking parents and children away from their families on this holiday. I, for one, don’t think it’s worth it.

  3. Michael Pento said:
    on November 26th at 07:31 am

    It’s a disgrace!!!!!!

    People need to stop spending and start thinking about what’s important.
    Save your money and tell the retailers to go pound sand!!

  4. Fran said:
    on November 28th at 11:28 am

    This is just a reflection of the economy and how desperate retailers are to stay alive. I noticed the biggest ads were the stores were just a catalogue of their whole store. The Judeo-Christian business owner has been replaced with mostly foreign investors, whose CEOs who are catering to the bottom line.