These 13 Retail Giants Are Opting Out of “The War on Thanksgiving”

CostcoRetail giants J.C. Penney, Toys R Us, Kmart, and Walmart are among stores that will stay open this Thanksgiving in a bid to increase revenue usually associated with “Black Friday.”

In choosing not to observe the holiday, businesses make it impossible for employees to join their families for Thanksgiving festivities, and that has created controversy. Some employee groups are calling the practice the “War on Thanksgiving.”

Other large retailers have announced they will continue to close on Thanksgiving. The following 13 retail chain stores will not be open for the holiday so their employees can spend Thanksgiving with their families:

1. Costco
2. Marshalls
3. Barnes & Noble
4. GameStop
5. TJ Maxx
6. Neiman Marcus
7. Burlington Coat Factory
8. Nordstrom
9. Dillard’s
10. REI
11. American Girl
12. Sam’s Club
13. Patagonia

How do you feel about this retail “War on Thanksgiving”? Should stores stay open to make more money — or should they shut down out of respect for employees? Leave a comment below.

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  • YOLADANE

    When you don’t make time for God and family he will snub you when your time comes, and their time WILL come. We can ALL count on that.

  • Doug1962

    I’m surprise barnes and nobles will closed on Thanksgiving Day to recongnize the holiday. But they don’t use the term Merry Christmas.

  • gunnygil

    work is for the family anyway and holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter, and the in the US the 4th of July should always be, at least elective days off for employees to spend time with their families and friends and celebrate the true meaning of those days. There is plenty of time to have the sales for profits before and after the particular days.

  • Ricarrdo estavans

    Let the employees decide if they want to work and make a few bucks. If not enough to staff for the day then close.

  • Sonia S. Liskoski

    I will use this list to decide where I spend my holiday monies. This is the only thing these super-greedy merchants are after. The ones who open on Thanksgiving will get none of mine!

    • USAForever48

      Me, too, Sonia!!!! Holidays are family time. I will NOT be shopping at any store that is open on Thanksgiving Day. Maybe if enough of us stayed home that day, they’d get the message. Well, I guess I can dream. Best wishes from Nebraska!!!! Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!!!!!

    • Trude Murphy

      PERFECT – that’s what everyone needs to do!!

  • Mark J. Thompson

    Families are No. 1 priority. These stores should and will respect their employees and their families.

  • Carolkitfox

    All stores should be closed Thanksgiving, Xmas and Easter. so families can be with families. I know nurses, CNA’s and some others have to work, I have had to work and it is not pleasant to force people away from family on holidays.

  • Guest

    Ironic that Barnes & Nobles is on the closed for Thanksgiving list, yet is on AFA’s naughty list for not recognizing “Christmas” in their Christmas marketing campaign.

  • Louise Goins

    Before that stores were open on Thanksgiving Day these GREEDY stores made enough money. If all stores would be closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas then the shoppers would make their purchases one of the other 363 shopping days AND the employees could actually spend the holiday with their family and friends. Greed.

  • SouthernMaster

    Ironic that Barnes & Noble is on the closed for Thanksgiving list, yet is on AFA’s naughty list for not recognizing “Christmas” in their Christmas marketing campaign.

  • Sharon

    Close the stores. We will buy what we want the next day or anytime before Christmas. U will make your money.

  • Glenn Sellers

    I’m on the fence on this issue. While I believe that, Thanksgiving being a family type of holiday, employees should be allowed to spend time with their families, I also understand the necessity of businesses to consider opening. However, I agree with Ricarrdo estavans and employees should be allowed to opt out of working.

  • Chasalz

    Being open on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter are travesties and slowly destroying the fabric that made our nation great. It’s a disgrace that Christmas decorations and music (secular) has been blaring since November first. We have lost our Judeo-Christian roots for the almighty dollar.

  • Roy Clingenpeel

    There is a need to eliminate all holidays and let the Sabbath be a day of rejoicing for all that we receive. All current days off are for reasons unknown to most and are a day for the lazy to get up late and do nothing. Most religious holidays are patterned after a day of pagan worship in todays secular atmosphere. Those who wish to celebrate one of their pagan rituals can do it on the Sabbath and repent to their god (Christian, secular or pagan) in their house of worship for doing so. That will reduce the time available to do hideous things to each other. They can have more income with less chance of squandering it away on unnecessary foolishness. Most current holidays are placed near a weekend by politicians to make it a 3 day Holliday for their own benefit. I really don’t care whose day of birth, death or discovery it was , the only one that matters to a family are the members of their family. Not some idiot of days gone past that is no longer meaningful or known by our current society.

    • Independant Thinker

      Amen – a Sabbath keeper I hope. Since the Sabbath is NOT on Sunday (the day of the Sun god) I fully agree. If people just knew the history of the pagan holidays they keep they should be fearful of their observations. Unfortunately those who speak from the pulpit are more interested in donations than preaching the truth. Gods tells us preachers are held to a higher standard and judgment falls harsher on them than those who have been led astray, but they will all face judgment for following false teachings. The road to hell is wide and well traveled because they fail or refuse to hear or stand for the truth of God’s word. There are going to be a lot of very surprised people at Judgment Day when they find God doesn’t know them.

      • Rosech Levy

        Actually in our parish we get the history and I also got the history in my Catholic College as well. Don’t know about non-Catholic churches but if not teaching the history of people and how religions came to be, they are just followers and not real believers.

  • Hotnike

    I am not shopping anywhere on Thanksgiving. If people follow my example the stores will lose money and we won’t have this problem again next year. WHAT DO YOU SAY PEOPLE????

    • Trude Murphy

      I say AMEN to NO SHOPPING on Thanksgiving. What to really make a difference – send an email/letter to the sotres that are open and tell them because they’re open you will not be back to shop until Jan 2015 – on the other hand tell the stores that are closed that you will be shopping ONLY in the stores that are closed on Thursday. HAPPY THANKSGIVING

    • TheKing

      All Christians should NOT shop on Thanksgiving Day; when the stores realize a phenomenal loss of revenue grant you they will be the first stores to advocate all retailers close. Watch. But we must do this together. It is time for Christians, especially, to come together and start flexing our muscles and not sit back and be run over by the atheists and other non believers or those that mock our religion.

      • Jonalan

        there is no connection between the Christian faith and stores being open or closed on Thanksgiving.

        • sandy2249

          Read their post again it doesn’t say there’s a connection !

        • Scarlett

          Exactly.

      • bigbillofwyandotte

        A good comment, though I suggest you bring it out for Christmas.

    • Karen Lee King

      I won’t be doing any shopping on Thanksgiving. I’ll be in the kitchen getting dinner preparations ready while my hubby and my daughter goes hunting. Hopefully I’ll be able to put some deer meat in my freezer. mmmmm! lol

      • patriot 86

        Good hunting and god bless.

        • Karen Lee King

          Well, they didn’t get anything but we still got a deer to put in the freezer. My Pastor’s son got us one. I threw my back out helping my husband hang it up. My hubby took care of fixing dinner while my daughter and myself took care of skinning the deer and cutting it up. lol

          • patriot 86

            Good for you ‘I missed my chance but what’s nice about deer hunting is theres always next year.

          • Karen Lee King

            The only bad thing is both my husband and my daughter paid $50.00 apiece and was only able to go 1 day; he was hurting in his joints and she had to work. That was an expensive hunting day, this past Saturday. He said all they saw was 1 iddy-biddy squirrel. lol

          • patriot 86

            Oh that sucks .Better luck next year.

          • Karen Lee King

            Oh yeah, just to let you know, that pic that I was using was of me and my dad (R.I.P.) 10 years ago after my mom had passed away. Now daddy is gone too. The 30th of November made 10 months.

          • patriot 86

            Sorry to hear about your dad ‘ mine passed about four years ago and a day does not go by that I don’t think about him cuz he taught me so much .

          • Karen Lee King

            He was my sidekick and my singing partner in church. He would tell people it was because of me inviting him and not begging him is the reason he came back into the fold. I am soooo thankful that he turned his life around and rededicated his life to God. The hurt never goes away does it? I know this isn’t exactly commenting on this post is it? πŸ˜‰

          • patriot 86

            That’s ok’ be consoled by the idea that he enjoys the vision of god .

          • David in MA

            Do you put up fur also?

          • Karen Lee King

            No, didn’t save the fur. If I knew how to cure the hide I would have. Did have some good eatings though. πŸ™‚

          • David in MA

            By “put up fur” I meant fox, beaver, muskrat, mink, fisher, etc. But, If you can’t tend traps and you don’t and/or cannot paddle a canoe I will not try to take you away from your husband. (lol)

          • Karen Lee King

            Sorry, I don’t do the hunting I just do the cutting up of the meat. And there is nothing that would take me away from my man. lol

          • David in MA

            Good for you and lucky for him.

          • Karen Lee King

            Been with him since I was 15 and he was 19. Got married to him at 19 and we’ll be married 31 years come June 22. Lucky me!! lol How he put with me for that long, I’ll never know. lol

      • Diane Smith

        You must be in Texas, where its either watch football all day or accommodate hunting.

        • Karen Lee King

          Nope. I live in the state of Virginia. πŸ™‚

    • patriot 86

      Yup if everyone boycotted shopping on thanksgiving and black friday the retailers would get the point real fast and not make their employees be away from family .

  • Sharpshooter

    If no one shops there on that day, they will get the message, because with them, it is all about money!

  • Steve Matsukawa

    Convenience stores, gas stations and a whole plethora of other retail outlets are open on Thanksgiving, if you hypocrites really are serious about this then every place should be closed on Thanksgiving. Otherwise, shut up.

  • William Burke Jr

    I am delighted that Neiman Marcus. Nordtrom, Barnes and Noble, and other fine stores are staying closed in honor Thanksgiving, a great
    American holiday. The places that have chosen to stay open are greedy money grubbers who treat their employees without respect.

  • Sonia S. Liskoski

    Good to know I am in good company! Have a true Thanksgiving day, USAF48!

  • Dick Albert

    Buy from those that close on Thanksgivng day.

    • Trude Murphy

      That’s the perfect response!!

  • Lonnie

    Would it kill you to take one day for Thanksgiving to be enjoyed by the whole families that believe in that day? The natives may not want too but
    when have we ever ask them about anything like that!

  • James D

    They are catering to non Americans, just like the administration. Soon they’ll have millions of new employees to replace the American ones they have now.

  • pete0097

    It is easy for me, I have to work at power plant so I won’t be going to any of them on Thanksgiving. Enjoy your power and think of us that supply it.

    • Finder1009

      Thanks Pete to you and your co-workers as well as all the other people doing essential work on the holidays that allow the rest of us to enjoy the holidays. I Hope you all get a chance to celebrate when you get off work.

      • pete0097

        I only get 3 days off between now and Christmas. My wife and kids live in FL and I am in SC temporaily. I thank you for your support.

    • lexga

      Thank you for your service.

    • MidnightDStroyer

      Thank you for your service & giving us an option *other* than Thanksgiving dinner by candlelight.

    • Scarlett

      Yup, if you didn’t work every day, it would be a big problem.But other people should not work to get to stay home with their families.Strange thought.Americans spend more time not wanting to work, having holidays, vacations,call outs, etc.I know some that only think about how fast they can leave, if they ever go to work.

  • ldstar

    Respect Abraham Lincoln’s proclaimation, and close on the holiday.

  • Leo Sebastian

    Come on guys , let people make some extra cash ! They’ve got double pay .

    • Independant Thinker

      Says who??? Most are doing good to pay straight time.

  • ldstar

    William H. Seward, as Secretary of State in 1863 recorded the following proclaimation establishing Thanksgiving as a legal holiday and firmly based on religious concepts:

    Proclamation of Thanksgiving

    This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America’s national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders similar to this.

    For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

    Sarah Josepha Hale, a 74-year-old magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on September 28, 1863, urging him to have the “day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival.” She explained, “You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritive fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution.”

    Prior to this, each state scheduled its own Thanksgiving holiday at different times, mainly in New England and other Northern states. President Lincoln responded to Mrs. Hale’s request immediately, unlike several of his predecessors, who ignored her petitions altogether. In her letter to Lincoln she mentioned that she had been advocating a national thanksgiving date for 15 years as the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book.

    George Washington was the first president to proclaim a day of thanksgiving, issuing his request on October 3, 1789, exactly 74 years before Lincoln’s.

    The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November “as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise.” According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln’s secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary how he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

    Washington, D.C.
    October 3, 1863

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

    The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

    Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

    By the President: Abraham Lincoln

    William H. Seward,
    Secretary of State

    Source: Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, edited by Roy P. Basler et al.
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  • Greyguy

    Where will the CORPORATE STAFF AND OFFICERS be spending Thanksgiving Day?

    • Sonia S. Liskoski

      Good question Greyguy. We should all give all of them a call and let them know what kind of a day we wish for them. (Of course I mean a day of humanitarian enlightenment).

      • Greyguy

        Years ago I had a buddy at one of the phone companies who knew how to get many of those unlisted numbers for cases like this, we could have posted them for the employees to have fun with. We did this with a University president who said he couldn’t control his fraternities who were located in local neighborhoods, he soon controlled them when he was getting phone calls all night long. Funny how that works.

        • Sonia S. Liskoski

          t’s hard to tell via the standard corp. media just how the debacle of Thanksgiving retail went. To listen to the local stations most of it was great. I have my doubts. Anyway, sheep who were out in stores all night here in “da ‘Burgh” got a surprise on the way home. Snow fell and quickly melted and then froze making the roads sheets of ice. 17 accidents on one highway alone and wall to wall vehicles stopped dead for 2 hours or more. I’m waiting to hear “that’s God’s way of punishing their greedy hearts”. lol

          • Greyguy

            If I’m guessing right I used to live on da lake due north and you have a few hills by you, must have added a challenge for the half crocked overly aggressive shoppers, another reason to hang out with the family!

          • Sonia S. Liskoski

            again you are right on. Hope you had a true Thanksgiving Day!

          • Greyguy

            Had a very nice Thanksgiving with family hope you did too. The dog even gave the rabbits the day off.

  • John

    Open on the holiday, any holiday? Scrooge you.

  • Steven Daniel

    They all should close for all the Holidays. We all should support the retailers that close for the holidays and let the rest go belly up.

  • Craig Bathurst

    Let the indvidual employees decide if they want to work or not. They don’t have to work a full 8 hour shift. There are stores and rest. that close at 5 pm to let their employee’s have the evening with their families.

  • Pamela Martin

    It is only greed that drives these large corporations to be open during a national holiday.

    • Greyguy

      I hate to be a spoilsport but I am with “disgustedvet” in that these stores would not be open unless there was a market, meaning CUSTOMERS who will grace their doors with mula or they would not be open.

      Stay home and enjoy your friends and family. Park you cell phone and have a real conversation; Einstein said that Technology would be our undoing and I think we are arriving.

  • mzliberty2013

    As a Nurse, employees working in the hospitals had to choose what holiday they preferred “off” .. e.g. Thanksgiving or Christmas. If the Employer wants to keep his store open for Thanksgiving, he can give the employees a chance to volunteer. However, time and 1/2 would be a good incentive to get employees to ‘volunteer’!

  • Jj Doodah

    The ones staying open are the ones in financial trouble…

  • William Wiles

    These Big Chain stores, giving a [email protected]Β’Β₯ about Employees,Are YOU KIDDING ME ? “Call Me a TAXI” as Pastor J. Don George of CALVARY TEMPLE i/CALVARY CHURCH in Irving Texas, said, when some thing Ignorant was Said or Weird would Happen !

  • goodwater

    In my youth no business establishment was opened on Sundays. Then one business owner thought they would get the jump on the other and stayed opened from then on it mushroomed to where 99% of all business are now opened on Sundays.

    • disgustedvet

      A few drug atores were allowed to be open because folks do need medications upon occasion even on Sunday. Then the mass merchandisers opened pharmacies in their stores and complained it wasn’t fair . Of course while shopping at Biggee Mart on Sunday for your aspirin, you also picked up some bread and milk or a car battery or some clothing . The other guys squawked and it is what it is today.

  • BONES

    CLOSE ON ALL SUNDAYS AND HOLIDAYS

    • Rosech Levy

      That’s how we grew up – all stores closed at 6 pm on Saturday and reopened on Mondays. We actually had family time, time to relax, and also to give thanks that we no longer had to work 7/24. People have given up their lives for a job and money, yet are never really satisfied nor happy. Hmmm. Wonder why not? Turn off the TV, computers and cellphones and see and talk face to face with family and friends while giving thanks for everything you have. We did and we are the better for it.

  • disgustedvet

    It isn’t the stores that stay open that pissesmeoff as much as it’s the idiots who want to shop 24/7/ 365 that pissmeoff.

  • Randy Tucker

    Some excellent points and viewpoints. I’m thankful for them! A few ideas deserve emphasis.

    1) Thanksgiving Day was begun as a day of giving THANKS TO GOD – not just a day of family get-togethers. We can thank Him whether we’re at work or off from work – and out of school!

    2) Let’s thank Him for the continued measure of FREEDOM that we still have in America to actually have a day called Thanksgiving Day! The secularists (freedom FROM religionists) may end that soon.

    3) It is no doubt true that some businesses stay open on Thanksgiving unnecessarily – out of greed. Others, though, may have to stay open just to STAY AFLOAT – to compete with others.

    4) Allowing workers to vote / express (anonymously) on whether or not they want to work on Thanksgiving Day is a good idea. If enough vote NO, stores will close.

    5) It’s REALLY ENCOURAGING to see the such a business as Chick-fil-A have the courage – and faith in God – to close not only on Thanksgiving and Christmas but also EVERY SUNDAY!

  • cactusbob

    This email is a good gauge as to which businesses have their eye on the loot, and which ones let their employees enjoy family holidays. I favor businesses closing on holidays, unless their business is essential to good health, like hospitals and such. It may be nice for hardware stores and the like to be open for our convenience, but it puts a burden on employees. Banks and Post Offices aren’t essential, and we do just fine with them closed.

  • Old School

    Should be CLOSED. Food is bought, gas tank is full, should I need something it will wait until Friday!

  • Larry Swicegood

    That’s a no brainer. Holidays are just that! “HOLIDAYS”. The companies who put families first are also first in my book. Those that do not, are not worth my money. Greed of coorperative giants, such as Sears and Wal Mart makes me sick yo my stomach. I hope those retailers who respect the family above their own profits are the retailers whose profits, I hope, will sky-rocket.

  • CaptTurbo

    I appreciate the food stores that stay open because I always forget something that I need.

  • BlueViolets

    The only places that should have employees present are hospitals, police depts., fire departments, and necessary military. Nothing else really needs to be open. If you haven’t gotten it by Thanksgiving then you don’t need it. And if you need that sale so desperately then maybe you need to scale back a bit.

  • J_R_K

    I think retailers make their own decisions, and so do employees when they decide where they will work. Everything’s a tradeoff.. If you want this, you have to give up that. It would be nice if everyone who wanted to spend Thanksgiving with family could do that. My sweetheart’s a nurses aid. I don’t remember a Christmas day when she didn’t have to work, and she’ll be working this Thanksgiving, and Christmas. On her day at work, in a just about any given day, she’ll do more for other human beings than most people will do in a lifetime. She’s been doing that for 35 years and I guess the only thing she complains about are younger people who complain all the time. My son is Army. He’s spent 4 Thanksgivings and 4 Christmases away from home, 3 of each of those in combat zones. I think people who get to upset about where they spend Thanksgiving day are just not wholly aware of all they have to be thankful for. If you can spend holidays with family, give thanks for that. If you can’t, give thanks that your family isn’t living in a war torn land, or that you are not lying in a bed in a rest home depending on someone who is angry that they can’t be home to take you to the toilet, or clean you up if you didn’t make it in time. Firemen and women will work, hospital people will work, police will work, soldiers will work, EMTs will be on duty.. all over America and Americans all over the world will be working on Thanksgiving day. I’m kind of thankful that they are. Also, I suspect that for many of those complaining, it’s not Thanksgiving day with the family that they miss for many, it probably is, but not for lots of others. The truth is, lots of people are just unhappy that they can’t get a day off with pay. Am I a jerk? A regular Thanksgiving day Scrooge? Maybe. But I’ve worked my share of holidays, spent my time overseas during holidays and I just don’t think it’s a big enough deal to be telling retail giants that they have to capitulate on this issue. I think any one that upset needs to work somewhere else where every holiday is a day off and every wish is granted. Then again, maybe they should spend some time giving thanks for the blessings they do receive in life all year round, year to year to year.

  • Carl Mac

    Crypes I remember when most stores were closed on Sundays, and closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas it all boils down to GREED it’s not bad enough these stores keep increasing prices like what Toys R Us has done but now they want their employees to suffer in not being with their families and that’s really sad, shows how much they really care about the people that makes them the money. but I bet those who own these stores that will be open will be at home with THEIR families. And let’s all wish everyone a Merry Christmas OK ? NOT Seasons Greetings.

  • TheKing

    surely the thousands of Mayflower descendants in the USA will not shop on Thanksgiving; instead they will slow down from their normal activities to celebrate our Thanksgiving with the intent and manner of our forefathers and mothers. God, Blesses America .

    • J_R_K

      I’d have to say that the forefathers and mothers knew the difference between giving thanks to God and demanding a day off with pay.

  • Lili J

    BOYCOTT stores that force employees to work rather than be Thankful for family, friends and food…

  • tom2

    Free enterprise will help corporate heads make this decision. We’re free to choose. Employees are free to choose but have strings. One thing we absolutely don’t need: government interference, regulation or another law. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Paula Williams Deal

    Stores should close for Holidays. I am staying home for Holidays unless there is a real emergency we need to handle.

  • Oldvet

    Any business closed on Thanksgiving will more than get the work out of the employees the next day starting at 06:too early !!

    • Doc

      What does the “0” in 0600 stand for? “O” my God it’s early!

      • Oldvet

        That was what we said in basic training at 04:00

        • Doc

          I remember those days from 1973 :p

          • Oldvet

            That was when I was in Ft. Polk LA in the summer !

          • Doc

            Camp Pendleton California. ( USMC) You had mosquitoes I had hippies. Don’t know which was worse.

          • Oldvet

            The mosquitoes left red cross cards after flying through the barracks in formation !

          • Doc

            You win. The hippies just left scrapes on my knuckles.

  • puglianana

    When the stores that stay open, take in the cost of utilities, wages, etc. I hope they take a loss. It is just another way to divide the family. Boycott all these stores, and I just bet these stores will say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.

  • puglianana

    J C Penney and Walmart both were founded by Christian men and these stores have strayed far from the founders values.

  • Marilynn Reeves

    Stores take can’t close on the 5 main hollidays don’t deserve or get my business. This is only 1 of several reasons Families are falling apart.
    In fact if a store can’t make a living in 6 days and close on Sunday maybe they should try another business.

  • sonny1760

    My family will be home as on every Thanksgiving Day.

  • Michael

    How hard would it be to have 1 great sale on Friday, 1 great sale on Saturday, and 1 great sale on Sunday, while keeping the store closed on Thanksgiving? Corporate greed goes too far sometimes and being open on Thanksgiving is definitely one of those times. It truly would not surprise me if within the next 10-15 years some of these places are open on Christmas too.

  • Lummi

    Most younger people today have a hard time believing that there was a time not so long ago when almost all stores closed no later than 6:00 PM, with some staying open until 9:00 0n Friday, with almost none open on Sunday. Some had later hours during the holidays, but still no Sunday opening. Strangely enough, we all seemed manage just fine. In our state, even some when food stores began Sunday hours, you could still not buy meat or beer. Today, so many people lead such fast paced and frenetic life styles that they are convinced that they must be able to shop when it’s most convenient for them. I*’m betting that they’d be able to adapt to a more conventional shopping schedule if the stores weren’t open 24/7/365.

  • Rosech Levy

    This is a day to give thanks for what we have (at least yet have), and if with family relax, share ideas, not watch sports but associate with real people in front of you, and definitely no shopping on this very special day of our few pilgrims who survived and made this great country. I call it respect to God and country to have a Thanksgiving Day because no other country that I lived in has such. Wasting the day watching sports and using your cellphone and not communicating with family and visitors is just that, wasting the day.

  • independent thinker

    Remember folks Sam’s Club is a part of Wal-Mart so their not opening really means nothing because Wally World stores will be open.

    • bub

      LOL…just got an email tonight at 5:40pm CST … subject:

      “Thanksgiving Weekend Savings Start Bright And Early Tomorrow Online At Costco.com!”

      • independent thinker

        Yeah, I have gotten a few of those from stores whose physical locations will be closed on Turkey Day.

  • Dodged5

    I remember a Thanksgiving many years ago when we planned to go to a relatives 300 miles away for dinner but a huge snow storm closed the highways and made travel impossible. We didn’t have anthing in the house for a Thanksgiving dinner but fortunately one small grocery store stayed open until neeo and we were able to buy a turkey and the fixings we needed. I was so glad they were open. I think that merchants that provide food and necesities should stay open for an half day and close at noon so their employees can have time with their families.

  • bub

    I vote closed … for giving thanks to God. Surely two days a year isn’t too much to give back.

  • disqus_sTpvkg7Dzr

    My company is open 365 days a year and we do not get choices if we want any of the holidays off it is management discretion that is the loophole they use for almost everything. And I work for local government in California. The only upside is time and a half for working the holiday overtime. management’s opinion about this, and they have told us, “if we do not like it here quit and they will replace us tomorrow with somebody else” what a great place to work

  • keepyourpower

    When I was single, and a police officer, I always worked the holidays. I did not expect to be off on those days, when there were fellow officers who had families. Tomorrow, I must go to the grocery store…but then I am staying home the rest of the day, cooking, eating, and watching football..all by myself!

  • Kathleen M. Bolam

    I choose not to shop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday and I haven’t shopped on Sundays for years……

  • kimberly ann thompson

    The issue is neither of those perspectives to me….everyday should be Thanksgiving in our great country of America. The issue to me is the convenience of having a food store that’s not a convenience store open for necessities that ran dry on me even though it’s Thanksgiving. I totally respect them closing at 1 or 2:00 so family-time can be had

  • Mynickelsworth

    Shutdown! Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Labor day, Sundays, and all National Holidays. Restaurants and fast food businesses closed.

    Shut down all business that are not absolutely required, like hospitals, nursing homes, etc. Include Abortion butcher shops, gambling joints (e.g, Las Vegas) to operate on one day a year.

  • Guest

    in case some people don’t know this there are lots of businesses that have been open every year not just this year ! it amazes me that no one has noticed over the years how many businesses are open on Thanksgiving and Easter and even a few on Christmas. There are a lot of people that have worked for years on Thanksgiving its just what you get happens in retail sales ! And restaurants are open and so are some factories but their people get double time for working holidays ! This is nothing new in our country and I’m surprised no one has noticed before now ! My daughter has to be at work at 2:00PM but Friday has to be there at 5:00am , the hours suck but if you need to pay your bills & feed your family you do what needs to be done and that’s what happens when you work for a living in the real world !

  • daveveselenak

    Money and sex are the gods of this material world that is in the “End of the Age” time, thank God who will put an end to all of this murdering and sexual debauchery! Praise the Lord!

  • Jay

    This is a national holiday not a Christian one, so except for places that provided needed services or goods that are REALLY needed they should all close normal time or earlier Wednesday and not open before 5AM Friday, sorry folks low priced TVs do not fall in the REALLY needed class, milk for the children do, a tiny bit of planning goes a long way. Happy Thanksgiving

  • Racine Woodward

    Stores should definitely close. Remember “Money is not the root of all evil”, It’s THE LOVE OF MONEY THAT’S THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

  • James Maxwell

    My family and I will not shop at an store that is open on national holidays such as the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day
    nor Christmas. Those days are set aside to remember and pay respect to those who founded our Nation and provided
    for our protection and defense against our enemies and our religious foundations that formed our Nation. Those who
    have forsake those values and are out only for profit have made it clear they are not those who respect nor honor our
    nation. Even on other shopping days they are last on my list to visit or spend my money there.

  • bigbillofwyandotte

    I do not care for the mixed signals comming from the Walmart Corp.. They close their Sam’s Clubs, but not their regular stores. That does indeed leave a bad taste in my mouth, and I feel sorry for those employees who are forced to work while their fellow employees get the day off. You can bet all the top executives got the day off. (And they wonder why unions stand a chance of coming into their stores!)

  • Missy

    The employees will be celebrating a day of rest with their families giving thanks to these retail leaders for taking care of the home front and not getting lost in the price wars making them stars in human relations got us people power in the long run here to stay!

  • Andrea Hall

    When Retail Opened 24 hours, the economy went to hell. Go back to a 6 day work week, and you will find how much money everyone will save. And how much the Greedy bastards who own the stores that force people to work will be more compassionate.

  • David in MA

    Shut down, observe this American HOLYDAY, (especially with possible terrorist attacks.)