Black Friday Won’t Start Until Friday as Stores Give Workers Thanksgiving Off

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A display at REI in Sandy incorporates an #OptOutside sign on Thursday, November 17, 2016. REI will be closed on Black Friday so employees can spend time with friends and family. (Photo: Ravell Call, Deseret News)

Reprinted from The Daily Kos by Laura Clawson on October 6, 2018.

As Black Friday shopping has crept into Thanksgiving, it’s become notable for major retail chains not to open on Thanksgiving, forcing many of their workers to put in hours on the holiday. Best Black Friday has compiled a list of stores that won’t be open on Thanksgiving, though, from Ace Hardware to American Girl to Barnes & Noble to Costco to Crate & Barrel to Guitar Center to Marshalls to Nordstrom to Patagonia to Sur La Table. See the whole list of more than 60 stores below.

According to a survey from Best Black Friday, Thanksgiving shopping is not a by-popular-demand kind of thing: more people strongly dislike Thanksgiving openings than like them at all, strongly or not. But all stores need in late capitalism is enough shoppers to make it all feel worthwhile, and the threat of losing out to competitors that are open more hours. Many of the stores that choose not to open cite something different: values, like the idea that their workers should be able to spend the holiday with family. Or just have a holiday at all. …

The Daily Kos 10/6 

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