By Linda Lee

Even though it means missing an opportunity to gain sales, dozens of retailers are again taking a stand and keeping their doors shut to give their workers a break and their reputations a boost. If you think Thanksgiving is for family, not shopping, these stores agree…

(Getty Images/Tom Pennington)

(Getty Images/Tom Pennington)

These are just some of the retailers who will NOT be open on Thanksgiving Day this year, putting FAMILY  ahead of PROFIT!

American Girl, Barnes & Noble, Bed, Bath and Beyond, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Costco, Crate & Barrel, Dillard’s, DSW, GameStop, Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, Home Depot, Jo Ann Fabrics, Lowe’s, Marshalls, Nordstrom, Patagonia, Petco, Pier 1, Publix, REI, Sam’s Club, Sur La Table, Talbots, T.J. Maxx, and Von Maur Department Stores.

I personally APPLAUD these retailers. This allows all their employees to spend time with their family, and I am adding that to my list of things I am ‘thankful for!’

But it appears that many “Black Friday” shoppers DO plan to start early and begin the annual frenzy on Thanksgiving.  According to a National Retail Federation survey, of those consumers who have or will go shopping during the Thanksgiving holiday times, 31.8 percent said they planned to go shopping on Thursday.

 If you are against shopping on Thanksgiving day: Do you plan to give your business to the chains that weren’t open on Thanksgiving day, when you do buy gifts for Christmas?


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