13 December 2023

Retailers Deciding to Stay Closed on Thanksgiving Brings Hope for Small Businesses

By Ronald Smith

I’ve got some great news for you. It looks like retailers across the country have made a decision that’s really going to help out our small businesses. They’ve decided to keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving Day!

This is a big deal because it means that people won’t be rushing out to the big chain stores on Thanksgiving to start their holiday shopping. Instead, they’ll have more time to relax and enjoy the day with their loved ones. And you know what that means? It means they’ll have more time to visit their local small businesses!

As a small business owner myself, I couldn’t be happier about this. It’s always a struggle to compete with the big guys, especially during the holiday season. But now, with the big retailers closed on Thanksgiving, it’s our time to shine.

I know you may be wondering why this is such a big deal. Well, let me explain. When people choose to shop at small businesses, it has a huge impact on our local communities. It helps create jobs, supports local entrepreneurs, and keeps money within our own neighborhoods.

By staying closed on Thanksgiving, the big retailers are indirectly encouraging people to shop local and support small businesses. And this is something we should all be excited about. It’s not just about buying products; it’s about investing in our communities and fostering a vibrant local economy.

So, this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to skip the big chain stores and instead, take a stroll through your neighborhood. Visit the small businesses that make our community special. You’ll find unique gifts, receive personalized service, and have a chance to connect with your neighbors.

Remember, by supporting small businesses, you’re making a real difference. You’re helping to create a thriving community, full of exciting opportunities and a strong sense of togetherness. So let’s celebrate this decision by the retailers and make this Thanksgiving a great day for small businesses everywhere!

Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving filled with love and gratitude,

[Your Name]

Retailers Deciding to Stay Closed on Thanksgiving Brings Hope for Small Businesses

Want to hear some good news ahead of the holidays? I’ve got something for you. So, it looks like a lot of big stores and retailers are going to be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Pretty cool, right? Now, you might be wondering why this is a big deal. Well, let me tell you.

No Shopping on Thanksgiving?

Now, you might be thinking, Why should I care if stores are closed on Thanksgiving? And that’s a fair question. But here’s the thing – it’s actually a pretty important decision for small business owners like you and me. See, a lot of us small retailers have always closed our doors on Thanksgiving so we can spend time with our families. It’s something we value, you know? And now, with the big stores joining in and closing on Thanksgiving too, it levels the playing field a bit.

What Do You Think About Shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

I want to share some interesting findings from a survey conducted last year. It turns out that many people have differing opinions about whether stores should be open on Thanksgiving Day for shopping. Overall, 52% of the respondents in the survey were opposed to stores being open on this holiday. But hold on, because the details are more interesting than that. It seems that different generations have different views on this matter.

Let me break it down for you by age: 53% of Generation Z, which includes people aged 18 to 21, were in favor of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. On the other hand, only 39% of millennials, aged 22 to 37, supported this idea. As for Generation X, those between the ages of 38 and 55, only 30% were in favor. Lastly, only 23% of baby boomers, aged 54 and up, supported retailers staying open on this holiday.

What does this mean for you? Well, if your main customers belong to Generation Z, who happen to prefer shopping in physical stores rather than online, it might be a good idea to stay open at least for part of the day.

By the way, it’s worth mentioning that baby boomers seem to prefer stores being closed on Thanksgiving. So, depending on your customer base, take this information into consideration when deciding whether to open your doors on this holiday.

I want to talk to you about something important. Let’s say you own a store and you’re thinking about keeping it open on Thanksgiving. Well, I need to let you know that some people might not like that idea. In fact, 38% of baby boomers strongly oppose stores being open on Thanksgiving. It’s important to consider your customer base and how they feel about this.

It’s not just baby boomers who feel this way. Women, in particular, are more likely to be against stores being open on Thanksgiving. In fact, 58% of women are against the practice. So, if your customers are mostly baby boomers or women, you might want to take their opinions into account.

Now, let’s talk about the impact that staying open on Thanksgiving can have on your sales. Sure, it might bring in some extra money now, but what about the long term? Last year, there were a lot of people who threatened to boycott stores that were open on Thanksgiving Day. That’s not good for business. In fact, in a survey, half of the adults said they would be more likely to visit a store in the future if it actively stayed closed on Thanksgiving. So, by closing your store on Thanksgiving, you might actually attract more customers in the long run.

The main reason people want stores to close is because they believe Thanksgiving should be spent with loved ones. They also think it’s unfair for employees to work on this special day. Many feel that Thanksgiving should be a time to be grateful, not to go shopping. Some even see it as a day to rest, though those people clearly haven’t had the experience of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner before.

What should you do if you own a small business?

There’s no easy answer to this question, and you have a lot of options to consider. One important factor to think about is your own family’s traditions. If your store is family-owned and your employees are also family members, you might decide to have an early Thanksgiving dinner and then open up the store later in the evening after some relaxation time.

How about opening a bit later in the evening, like around 9 or 10 p.m.? Some folks really enjoy going out for some late-night shopping on Thanksgiving night. It’s become a tradition for them, just like getting up super early on Black Friday is for others.

Don’t forget to have a chat with your employees to see how they feel about it. Some of them might not have any Thanksgiving plans and would be happy to have something to do on that day. And there might be some who are willing to trade part of their Thanksgiving Day for the chance to earn some holiday wages.

If you decide to close your store on Thanksgiving Day, make sure you get the word out to your customers ahead of time. You don’t want them to show up all ready to spend and then find a closed sign — that would really hurt your brand. Use email marketing, social media, and your website to let them know that you’ll be closed for the day.

I want to talk to you about something important. I’ve made a decision to close on Thanksgiving, and I think it’s a great idea. You see, Thanksgiving is a special day where we should be with our loved ones, and that’s exactly what I want for my employees. They deserve a day off to spend time with family and friends.

Now, I know people have strong opinions about this, and that’s okay. But I believe in giving thanks and showing gratitude, and I want to encourage that. So, while other stores may be open on Thanksgiving, we’re taking a stand and choosing to close.

But don’t worry, because we have some awesome things planned for the rest of the Black Friday weekend! We’ll have amazing products and deals that you won’t want to miss. So, even though we won’t be open on Thanksgiving, you can still get your shopping fix with us later on.

Curious about which stores are closed on Thanksgiving? Here’s a list:

  • Army and Air Force Exchange Service
  • Academy Sports and Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware
  • BJ’s (will open for Black Friday at 7 a.m.)
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • The Container Store
  • Costco
  • Crate Barrel
  • Guitar Center
  • HM
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight

I can’t believe it’s almost time for Black Friday! There are so many stores that will be open and offering great deals. Here are some of the stores that will be open on Black Friday:

– Hobby Lobby (they will open at 8 a.m.)

– Home Depot

– HomeGoods (they will open at 7 a.m.)



– Lowe’s (they will open at 6 a.m.)

– Marshalls (they will open at 7 a.m.)

– Mattress Firm

– Office Depot/OfficeMax

– Patagonia

– Petco (they will open at 8 a.m.)

– PetSmart

– Pier 1

– REI (they will be closed on Black Friday to support #OptOutside)

– Sam’s Club

– Sierra Trading Post (they will open at 7 a.m.)

– Stein Mart

– TJ Maxx (they will open at 7 a.m.)

– True Value

It’s important to note that based on past years, RetailMeNot predicts that the following stores will be closed on Thanksgiving:

– [List of stores]

I hope this information helps you plan your Black Friday shopping!

If I were feeling perplexed about whether to keep my store open on Thanksgiving Day, I might consider the experiences of other businesses. For instance, some retailers like Barnes Noble, Bed Bath Beyond, and Cost Plus World Market choose to close their doors on this day. Others, such as Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Sprint, T-Mobile, and ATT, also follow suit.

On the other hand, there are those stores that are likely to be open on Thanksgiving Day. These establishments, like Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy, Big Lots, GameStop, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Old Navy, Sears, Target, and Walmart, believe in capitalizing on the business opportunities that this day brings.

I urge you to reflect on your target customer base before making a decision. If your competitors are choosing to remain open, opening your doors can provide an opportunity to attract some of that business. However, there is an alternative perspective. By closing your doors on Thanksgiving Day, you can distinguish your business and showcase your belief in the significance of this special holiday. This approach may endear your business to customers and set you apart from the competition.

I’ve got an idea for you to consider. Instead of focusing all your marketing efforts on your physical store, why not shift your focus to your website if you sell products online? Trust me, it might just be worth it!

Let me tell you why. Last year, on Thanksgiving Day alone, Americans spent a staggering $3.7 billion shopping online. Can you believe it? That’s a whopping 28% increase from the previous year, according to MarketWatch.

But here’s the catch – make sure your website is optimized for mobile shopping. Did you know that more than half of all online retail traffic (that’s 54.4%) comes from smartphones? Yep, that’s what Barron’s reported.

Now, here’s the big decision you have to make. Are you going to close your store on Thanksgiving Day or stay open? Well, my friend, the choice is all yours!