Every year it seems like “Black Friday” inches further and further backward, infringing on Thanksgiving and our much-needed post-meal naps on the couch. And, you know, also people shouldn’t be forced to give up special time with their families in order to work and/or shop.
At least, that’s how a lot of people feel about it, which has led to a trend in recent years of purposefully patronizing those companies who choose to allow their employees the full day and night of Thanksgiving off as a holiday. This year there seem to be more businesses than ever willing to do just that, and in case you’re wondering where not to shop on Thanksgiving, but where to shop on Black Friday, here’s an up-to-date list!
“We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring of our customers’ and associates’ time with family.”
#26. Sur La Table
“Thanksgiving is more than turkey. Or football. Or sleeping in,” the company wrote in a blog post. “It’s a time to reflect. To be thankful and appreciate what we have. To celebrate and share with family and friends near and far. That’s why Burlington stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day, so our customers and associates can enjoy time with their friends and family near and far.”
#24. Crate and Barrel
#23. JoAnn’s Fabric and Crafts
“When you look at retail today, this playbook of promotions and consumerism, it’s not working,” Jerry Stritzke, REI’s chief executive, said in an interview. “It feels like it’s lost momentum since then.”
#20. T.J. Maxx
“We feel so strongly about our employees spending Thanksgiving with their families,” company spokeswoman Doreen Thompson said back in 2013. “And we don’t anticipate this changing in the future.”
#18. Pier 1 Imports
#16. Sierra Trading Post
“As in past years, Sierra Trading Post stores will be closed on Thanksgiving so our associates can enjoy the holiday with family and friends,” the company says.
#15. Barnes and Noble
#14. Office Depot
The company’s 2016 press release explained, “As we evaluated our store hours for this holiday and weighed the business and personal considerations, we decided it was best to provide our associates with the day off to spend time with family and friends by closing our retail stores on Thanksgiving Day.”
#12. The Home Depot
When asked why they weren’t open on Thanksgiving, the store’s reply was simple: “It’s a holiday – we’re closed!”
#9. Lowe’s Home Improvement
It was 2015 when Staples decided to stay closed on Thanksgiving. “We want our customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way.”
#7. Guitar Center
#6. Neiman Marcus
#5. The Mall of America
The Mall of America believes staying closed on Thanksgiving brings back some of the excitement of Black Friday, as PR director Dan Jasper intimated to CNBC last year. “The energy has been extremely high. It’s a completely different vibe than the past few years.”
#4. Outdoor Research
#3. Sam’s Club
#2. The Container Store
The store explains the decision on their blog: “We love seeing all of our customers – don’t get us wrong! But we feel it’s more important for all of our employees to be able to spend this holiday with their families, in order to recharge and renew and come back to work ready to take on the holiday season!”
#1. BJ’s Wholesale Club
“Thanksgiving gives family and friends the chance to spend time together,” the company’s CEO said in a September press release. “We’re committed to letting our team members enjoy the holiday, and we’ll be ready bright and early for our biggest Black Friday ever.”
You can keep up with the full list here.