Thanksgiving officially kicks off the holiday season with family, love and holiday celebrations. It’s that special time of year where families should come together to give thanks, share love and cherish one another. It’s that one time of year when we’re sure to be reminded of our roots, no matter where we’re from.
With that said, we must remember that our family is meant to be enjoyed on Thanksgiving Day. We all know and understand that some businesses must be open on Thanksgiving evening out of necessity, such as gas stations, grocery stores, and convenience stores. However, those retail outlets that are attempting to get a jump-start on Black Friday sales should reconsider being open on Thanksgiving. They should be reminded that holiday time is for family.
Following is a list of 13 companies that are getting family time right. They’re showing that family matters. Not only to us, but to them too. Kudos to you!
Mega warehouse club Costco is traditionally closed on major holidays, including New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’re sure that their nearly 127,000 employees are ecstatic about that.
Similar to Costco, Sam’s Club also values their employees by being closed on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. They also have shorter hours on other holidays, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day .
Nordstrom is a store well known for its excellent customer service, and it doesn’t stop there. They care about their employees. “Over the years, our tradition has been to be closed on Thanksgiving and to unveil our holiday trim the following morning,” the company told ThinkProgress.
TJ Maxx and Marshalls
TJ Maxx and& Marshalls are both owned by TJX and will both be closed during Thanksgiving. “We feel so strongly about our employees spending Thanksgiving with their families,” said spokeswoman Doreen Thompson. “And we don’t anticipate this changing in the future.”
President of H&M North America, Daniel Kulle clearly appreciates and values his employees. He was quoted in the Huffington Post as saying, “H&M would like to show our appreciation to our employees for their hard work year-round, so in the tradition of Thanksgiving, H&M will close our U.S. stores on Thanksgiving Day, allowing our store teams to enjoy this time with their families and friends.”.
Family time is important to DSW. In a statement issued through morningstar.com, DSW said: “While many retail stores will be opening for business on Thanksgiving Day, this year we continue the DSW tradition of keeping ours closed. Family time is extremely important to us, and we want our associates to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones. Our stores will remain closed until 7 a.m. on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.”
Crate & Barrel
Crate and Barrel employees will be staying home on Thanksgiving this year. Most Crate & Barrel stores are closed on these holidays: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
Pier 1 Imports
Headquartered in Ft. Worth, Texas, Pier 1 Imports opted for being closed on Thursday as well.
Barnes & Noble
Bookstore giant Barnes and Noble will be keeping its doors closed because they value their employees’ time with family.
Home Depot and Lowes
Hardware giants Home Depot & Lowes are remaining closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Game Stop believes family time is important. Mike Buskey, executive vice president and president of U.S. Stores was quoted in a press release as stating, “We believe strongly that our customers and associates should have the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends, and not worrying with the stress of where to find the best shopping deals. We know this is in stark contrast to what many other retailers are doing, but we are taking a stance to protect family time during this important holiday.”