Economy

These Employees Won’t Have To Go To Work On Thanksgiving

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Barnes & Noble will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, a spokesperson confirmed to ThinkProgress.

In explaining the decision, the Barnes & Noble spokesperson said, “We want our booksellers to have the opportunity to enjoy what is a family holiday.”

Sur La Table also said it would be closed on the holiday. Jeff Gottlieb, executive vice president of retail, explained the decision by saying, “Our people share a passion for cooking and entertaining with our customers on a daily basis. We want to make sure they can share that same passion with friends and family on the biggest cooking and entertaining Holiday of the year.”

The brands join a growing group that are resisting the idea of starting Black Friday shopping a day early. American Girl, Burlington, Dillard’s, Costco, DSW, GameStop, Nordstrom, Patagonia, REI, and TJX brands T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s have all confirmed they will keep their doors shut on the holiday, letting workers stay at home. Many have even cited this fact, as Barnes & Noble and Sur La Table did, as the reason they stay closed. As Costco put it, “Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families.”

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But many have decided it’s worth bringing employees to work on Thanksgiving to try and boost holiday sales. Last year at least 12 national chains opened on the holiday, and so far this year J.C. Penney, Kmart, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears, and Walmart stores will all be open. Walmart will open all day, bringing 1 million employees to work, and Kmart will open at 6 a.m., while the others will open in the evening.

Despite their efforts, it’s not likely that opening on the holiday will bring in more money. It didn’t boost sales last year over what Black Friday sales would have been anyway. And a consumer backlash grew, with the majority saying they wouldn’t shop on the holiday and they disapproved of the hours, and a portion even saying they were less likely to shop at a store that opened on Thanksgiving.

That means workers will forfeit their holiday dinners for little reward. While most stores say the holiday shifts will be filled by volunteers, some said last year they weren’t allowed to take the day off, while others may be volunteering out of financial necessity. None of them are guaranteed a paid holiday off, unlike in all other developed countries.