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Originally published November 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM | Page modified November 6, 2014 at 11:15 AM

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More retailers say opening Thanksgiving is a real turkey

Costco and Nordstrom lead the way for stores NOT opening on Thanksgiving.


Orlando Sentinel

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Not everyone thinks Gray Thursday is a great deal.

Some retailers say opening on Thanksgiving is a real turkey of a trend and are refusing to participate.

Reacting to a public backlash, big chains like Costco and Nordstrom are keeping doors locked Nov. 27, saying employees should get to spend the day with their families.

Plenty of malls and retailers like Macy’s and Wal-Mart will throw open doors on Thanksgiving to lure holiday shoppers away from tables and into stores.

Kmart announced on Monday it would again open stores at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, something the retailer has done for more than 20 years. It also will remain open for 42 straight hours.

The public complains (there’s even a Boycott Black Thursday page on Facebook with 62,000 members) but continues to turn out in record numbers for holiday openings.

Besides Costco and Nordstrom, retailers that won’t make you choose between a meal and a deal include Barnes & Noble, BJ’s Wholesale Club, GameStop, Joanne Fabric, Pier 1, Dillard’s, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory.

The list is growing by the week.

They may be closed on the holiday, but those stores are planning traditional sales when they open Nov. 28.

But don’t expect them to open bright and early.

Costco isn’t up for that, either. The warehouse chain will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, according to holiday hours posted on its website.



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