American Girl, Burlington, Dillard’s and REI all confirmed yesterday to ThinkProgress that they will not open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. They join the likes of Costco, T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and other companies that have decided they do not want to intrude on one of the biggest national holidays. “We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving in longstanding tradition of honoring our customers’ and associates’ time with family,” a Dillard’s spokesperson explained Thursday.
Last week it was confirmed that Macy’s will open at 6pm Thanksgiving Day, and yesterday Bon-Ton also announced a 6pm opening time. Last year, Toys “R” Us and Best Buy opened at 5pm and 6pm respectively. Walmart, as they have been for the last 25 years, will be open all day on Thanksgiving. Walmart launched Black Friday doorbusters at 6pm and 8pm in 2013. Nearly one million Walmart associates are expected to work the holiday.
In recent years there has been more and more public outcry as retailers move their opening times earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day. A “Boycott Black Thursday” page has surfaced on Facebook and has gained nearly 35,000 likes in support of retail employees and their families. The page’s total reach has increased by more than 3000% in the last week.