I have worn many hats in my life… Daughter, Student, Mother, Army wife and retail widow. As a former retail wife, I am deeply saddened to witness this new trend of opening on Thanksgiving. I think what bothers me most is that it feels as if nothing is sacred anymore, not even family.
I vividly remember my Husband’s 12 hour days and 6 day work weeks from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Eve. Each year he missed it all… tree trimming, gift wrapping, baking gifts for the neighbors and caroling. Before we had children, I would work at the front counter at the store just so I could see him during the Holidays. Each year we knew there were 3 days we could plan time with our family and friends… Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day. EVERYONE deserves a little time to relax and reflect.. time to connect and build memories. Those years forged a commitment in us, my family does not shop on Holidays (even if I am out of an ingredient for Thanksgiving Dinner).
It is easy to blame this Thanksgiving shopping trend solely on greedy retailers but it is hard to miss the part consumers play in the phenomena. Macys recently indicated that they will be opening on Thanksgiving day this year. Why? Because “enough shoppers came through its doors to justify continuing”. That puts the real responsibility on us, the consumers.
It makes my heart swell to see retailers holding the line on tradition and family by refusing to open on Thanksgiving. My staff searched high and low to compile a list of retailers who will keep their doors closed. It seems that all the talk is about who is open. Here is the list that we compiled.
Barnes and Nobel
Burlington Coat Factory
Crate and Barrel
Dillards Department Store
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft
Publix Grocery (my favorite place to shop)
Sams Club (Walmart is open)
I was disappointed to see some of my favorite stores missing from the list but proud of these CEOs who put the welfare of their employees before profits. Here are a few of their quotes. Show them a little shopping LOVE on Black Friday.
Costco’s spokesperson said its employees “deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families.”
TJ Maxx spokeswoman Doreen Thompson said “We consider ourselves an associate-friendly company, and we are pleased to give our associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends”
Gamestop released this statement “At GameStop we often use the phrase “protect the family” in reference to our business. A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends. We believe it’s the right decision not only for our employees, but also for our customers. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and we’ll see you on Black Friday.”
Happy Holidays to everyone,
PS Please let us know if you have retailers and stores to add to the list!
Michelle Archer is a certified coach with nearly 25 years experience in direct sales. Michelle works with companies and individuals to explode their business potential. Connect with her on Facebook Learn more at http://directsalesinstitute.com/