A Thanksgiving gamble – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
At a glance
Retailers that plan to close on Thanksgiving Day include:
• Barnes & Noble
• Bed, Bath & Beyond
• Christopher & Banks
• Half Price Books
• HH Gregg
• Jo-Ann Fabrics
• Office Depot & OfficeMax
• Pier 1 Imports
• Sam’s Club
• TJ Maxx
Retailers that plan to open – at varying hours – on Thanksgiving Day include:
• Best Buy
• Big Lots
• Dick’s Sporting Goods
• Dollar General
• Old Navy
• Toys R Us
Sources: www.dealnews.com; theblackfriday.com
Some folks brag about completing Christmas shopping in October. Others wouldn’t dream of starting before Dec. 24.
But most of us fall somewhere in the middle. Survey results from the National Retail Federation show that more than 55 percent of consumers plan to start shopping in November or early December.
The challenge for retailers is to be ready and waiting when shoppers decide to crack open their wallets.
But retail decision-makers don’t agree when that will be. More stores are betting this year that they can still ring up significant sales without being open Thanksgiving Day. The trend reverses a wave of holiday openings that started about five years ago.
Among those that announced plans to remain closed Thanksgiving are Barnes & Noble, Burlington, Half Price Books, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Marshalls.