Gap, Wal-Mart Staying Open on Thanksgiving
are looking to get a jump on holiday sales by getting started before Black
Friday. A number of chains, including
Gap Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, are also planning to have locations open on Thanksgiving
for shoppers who may want to mix a little shopping in with their turkey.
were open for Easter this year and decided to give Thanksgiving a try,” Tawnya
Scott, a manager at Banana Republic in downtown Seattle told The Seattle
downtown, you have a lot of visitors who want something to do that day.” Ms.
Scott’s store will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
most people are off work on Thanksgiving, and they’re already in the holiday
mood, they might like the idea of shopping,” Ellen Davis, a spokesperson
at the National Retail Federation, told The Seattle
Ms. Davis also
said retailers need to consider some downsides associated with staying
open on the holiday.
“There’s a sensitivity
factor for customers who don’t want to see Thanksgiving become commercialized,” she
said. “And there certainly are employee sensitivities. People have to staff
the store that day.”
Question: Is it a good idea or bad for retailers to open stores on Thanksgiving?