Stores Open on Thanksgiving Stores Closed on Thanksgiving
Best Buy
Big Lots
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DSW Shoe Wearhouse
Barnes and Noble
TJ Maxx
Pier 1
Jo Ann Fabrics
Crate and Barral



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  1. Avatar Souzapalooza November 13, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    I totally agree! I use to work at a video rental store (remember those!) and we would have to be open on Thanksgiving. Why? No one came in to rent anything? These people should be able to have one day off to enjoy with their families and then go back to fighting the holiday madness for the next 25+ days

    1. Avatar The Rookie Dad November 14, 2014 at 6:05 AM

      I remember my first Thanksgiving as a professional very well. My wife and I had just started dating so it was too soon to spend the holidays with each others family so I was alone and bored that Thanksgiving. I made plans around stores not being open that day and I don’t understand why more people can’t just prepare for nothing being open.

  2. Avatar Christian Toto November 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    I’m torn here. I haven’t had to work a major holiday in a while, but if the marketplace says enough people are dying to shop in Thanksgiving then it seems appropriate to keep stores open. That said, store managers should do everything possible to accommodate their employees, have them work shorter shifts or even offer bonuses for the brave souls willing to give up watching the Lions and Cowboys for the chance to meet a frenzied public.

    1. Avatar The Rookie Dad November 14, 2014 at 6:08 AM

      At the time, we were enticed by holiday pay. Which in our case was 2 times our original hour rate, tack on a short staff on holidays and many times you would also get overtime. So the money was always nice, however, it wasn’t enough to make me feel like I would rather spend the holidays with my family.

    2. Avatar therookiedad November 16, 2014 at 9:48 PM

      Part of me agrees. There is a HUGE market for stores to be open on Thanksgiving but why? Instead of having hundreds of employees work the holiday why not have online sales? It keeps the employees home and everyone can shop from home.

  3. Avatar Marvin November 16, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Being in the military and deploying all around the world I can’t even count how many Holiday’s I’ve “worked.” Matter of fact I remember one Thanksgiving we ate spaghettios out of a can. It blows my mind how some people freely give up something others cherish dearly. But that’s life I guess. Honestly with the online marketplace being what it is today there’s no reason for people to be out there climbing over top of one another, just my two cents.

    1. Avatar therookiedad November 16, 2014 at 9:43 PM

      First off, thank you so much for your service! And I couldn’t have said it any better to be honest.


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