I was mentioning on-air that closing on Black Friday didn't make any sense whatsoever for a retailer. Outdoor and sporting goods chain REI made some headlines in the last couple of days by announcing that they will be closed on Black Friday, giving its workers a paid day off and urging its customers to spend the day outside instead of shopping. No others stores are following REI's example so far of closing on the lucrative shopping day. But many are saying they won't be following the trend of some stores of opening on Thanksgiving Day to try to get a jump on Black Friday shopping. Some of them who've said they'll be closed on Thanksgiving are:

  • Staples
  • GameStop
  • Costco
  • BJ’s
  • Nordstrom
  • Sam’s Club
  • Home Depot
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Patagonia
  • Sur La Table
  • Harbor Freight
  • At Home
  • Von Maur
  • Mattress Firm
  • Half Price Books

This list may grow as Thanksgiving approaches, so stay tuned.


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