Some Retailers Not Giving In To Pressure To Open On Thanksgiving

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — With all the hype on retail stores opening their doors on Thanksgiving, hours before Black Friday, it’s easy to forget that many large retail stores have not given in to the pressure to do that.

“We would like our employees to spend time with their family, and we encourage our customers to spend time with their family as well,” said Heather Burns, of Barnes & Noble.

That’s the reason why the Barnes & Noble in South Hills Village and others throughout the country will take Thanksgiving off — even as the shopping mall is packed with cars late on Thanksgiving Day as stores like Macy’s and Dick’s open Thanksgiving night.

Major retailers that will not open on the holiday include:

  • Apple
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Cabela’s
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Nordstrom
  • Radio Shack
  • Sam’s Club
  • TJ Maxx
  • Verizon

Nordstrom posted a sign at many stores noting it’s closed on Thanksgiving and won’t decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, preferring to celebrate one holiday at a time.

Shoppers salute these and all retailers who keep their doors shut on Thanksgiving.

“Those are the stores I want to shop at. That’s what they need to do,” said Robin Anderson, of Fox Chapel. “Everybody needs to be home for Thanksgiving.”

“I think it’s a good idea. People need to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” added Louis Cannon of Upper St. Clair.

Barnes & Noble is banking they will lose no business at all by honoring the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

In fact, they say, if people really want to shop on Thanksgiving, they can just go to

And like all the other retailers, those that close on Thanksgiving will open early on Black Friday with great deals.

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