Planning to sneak out after Thanksgiving dinner to score a few Black Friday deals? You may have to wait until Friday to get started because many retailers are refusing to open their doors on the national holiday. With just weeks to go before the 2014 holiday shopping season officially begins, there are many shoppers and retail store employees who are boycotting stores who start their doorbuster deals one day early on Thanksgiving Day.
— ヽ(ಠ_ಠ)ノ (@JoeMomasNuts) November 14, 2013
More than 40,000 people have joined the “Boycott Black Friday” Facebook group to demonstrate against any store that opens on Thanksgiving, but will the public outcry be enough to keep stores like Walmart, Target and Best Buy from opening on the holiday?
Probably not, but there is a growing list of stores that will be closed — they want their employees to enjoy the holiday with their families, not with crowds of people who are fighting over flat screen TV deals and this season’s hottest toys. Think Progress states there are currently 16 retailers who have confirmed that they will not open on Thanksgiving Day.
Which stores will be closed on Thanksgiving? You’ll have to wait until Friday to snag holiday deals at American Girl, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington, Costco, Crate and Barrel, Dillard’s, Gordmans, Homegoods, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Marshalls, Nordstrom, Pier 1 Imports, Publix, REI, Sierra Trading Post, and T.J.Maxx.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, many big retailers will be open on Thanksgiving for shoppers who don’t mind shopping after they finish their turkey dinner. Macy’s was first to confirm their Black Friday sale hours — most of their stores will open on Thursday, Nov. 27 at 6 p.m.
The Black Friday reports that Walmart and Best Buy will also offer their first round of Black Friday deals on Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. Target, JC Penney, Toys R Us and Kohl’s have not released their store hours yet, but all four retailers were open on Thanksgiving last year.
— Joe Weiss (@joeweiss_illini) November 29, 2013
For those who don’t want anything to do with shopping on Thanksgiving or on Black Friday, there’s always Cyber Monday — a shopping day that gets more popular every year, with retailers offering great deals and free shipping to consumers who prefer to shop from the comfort of their home or office. The popular online shopping day falls on the Monday after the Thanksgiving—Black Friday weekend, with Bizrate stating that online sales in 2013 increased by more than 20 percent over the previous year.
Will you boycott stores that start their Black Friday on Thanksgiving or has shopping after you gobble down your turkey dinner become a new holiday tradition?