Some retail stores begin opening for Black Friday as early at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but some continue to keep their doors closed altogether.
“We are closed to allow our employees to spend time with their family and friends and to travel if that is something that is in their plans. We are doing this for our employees and associates to do [that] with their family. A time [like] this is [when] you’re supposed to be at home at that Thanksgiving dinner table,” said Leah Kohler, Von Maur store manager.
According to the National Retail Federation, more than 164 million people are expected to take advantage of Black Friday sales during the holiday weekend, including Cyber Monday.
At that, 21 percent of people are expected to shop on Thanksgiving versus the 71 percent expected to take part on Friday. Some of those shoppers say Black Friday is a family tradition and they can not resist a good sale.
BestBlackFriday.com keeps track of all retailers closed on Thanksgiving. Co-owner Phil Dengler says some stores have received backlash for opening on Thanksgiving.
To avoid being in a negative light he says middle and small tier retailers have chosen to close that day, but for larger retailers like JC Penny and Best Buy, he says it’s worth it to stay open based on the sales they make.
At least 76 retailers have been confirmed closed on Thanksgiving in 2018 compared to the 69 confirmed in 2017.
“If everyone begins to have that time off and closed on Thanksgiving Day it will be that trickle effect to where you don’t have to open or aren’t expected to open,” said Kohler.