Though the retail giant was open on that day the last couple of years, this year it planned to take a stance against so many retailers that decided to open their stores on the national holiday.
Staples also announced that its online deals would be still available, and its stores would be open the next day at 6 a.m. On November 27, Black Friday shopping madness is expected to break loose.
“We want our customers and associates to enjoy Thanksgiving their own way,”
stated Demos Parneros, head of Staples for North America.
Unfortunately, many retailers would rather keep their stores open on Thanksgiving in their race for profit. Additionally, many stores open early in the day, and both employees and customers criticized these stores for failing to understand the true meaning of the holiday.
In 2014, Best Buy, Target, Macy’s and many more opened their gates two to three hours earlier than the rest of retailers, which opened at 8:00 p.m. Some retailers went even farther and kept their stores open on Thanksgiving Day from 6:00 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. RadioShack and Kmart were two of those retailers.
But last year, sales were weak on Thanksgiving since promotions started on October 31 and by the time the holiday came, most consumers had everything they wanted weeks before.
According to a National Retail Federation report, there were 5.2 percent fewer shoppers on Thanksgiving Day and they spent 6.4 percent less in that weekend. The NRF believes that the data may prompt more retailers to close on Thanksgiving this year.
A NRF spokesperson explained that while some retailers get some profit on that day, at the end of the day they will see that they only ‘spread consumer spending out.’ This is why many retailers may reevaluate their Thanksgiving strategies when that happens.
But NRF also said that many other retailers would stay open on Thanksgiving despite criticism because their customers really enjoy to shop on that day. Staples, however, is the first to break the ice on holiday plans. The retailer also said that its deals would be available shortly after Halloween.
Last year, Home Goods, Marshalls, and Costco were closed on Thanksgiving to allow employees to spend time with their family members and friends. Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue were also closed but because they aren’t high-volume, low-margin business that could profit from keeping stores open.
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