As more and more retailers unveil their plans to open their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving, there’s a countertrend emerging for retailers who are declaring their intentions to stay closed until Black Friday. On Saturday we posted a list of stores we knew about at the time that were bucking the Black Thursday trend, and now we know about a few more.
According to the blog ifo Apple Store, Apple’s Market Directors were busy making plans to open on Thanksgiving when Apple CEO Tim Cook stepped in to veto the plan. “Cook’s specific objection was that it’s important for Apple retail employees to be with their families on the holiday,” ifo Apple Store wrote. “On the other hand, the Market Directors were reportedly motivated by large potential holiday-quarter bonuses based on performance targets, adding to their $400,000 salaries.”
We noted RadioShack’s lack of Thanksgiving hours on Saturday, but we uncovered some fresh insight into their decision. They’ve opened on Thanksgiving for a few years and ultimately decided that it just wasn’t worth it. “In honor of Thanksgiving and the time-honored tradition of gathering with family and friends, RadioShack will open doors on Friday, November 29, starting at 8 a.m. until 9 p.m.,” a RadioShack spokesperson said in a quote reported by ThinkProgress.org. “RadioShack’s opening time was carefully assessed to include the needs of our customers, our business and our store teams and is determined on key insights and shopping patterns. RadioShack tested early opening on Thanksgiving in past years and found our customers and associates preferred a Black Friday opening.”
Vickie Achee, Head of Retail Marketing is on record stating that Patagonia remains closed on Thanksgiving, “so our associates can celebrate the holiday with their family/friends. This has been our tradition during our tenure in retail.”
Also staying closed on Thanksgiving according to ThinkProgress.org:
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