Nation's Retailers Drawing the Line on Whether to Open on Thanksgiving


Toys R Us announced this morning that it would join a growing list of retailers that will be open on Thanksgiving Day. Kohl's, Sears, Macy's, JC Penney and Kmart are also jumping the gun, hoping to pull shoppers away from the Thanksgiving table. Walmarts are already notorious for being open 24/7 every day of the year, including Thanksgiving, with the sole exception being Christmas Day.

But not every national chain is following the trend. Costco said in October that it will continue its tradition of closing on Thanksgiving, saying its employees deserve the chance to spend the holiday with family. In fact, two dozen retailers have said they won't follow the trend to open on Thanksgiving, including BJ's, Sam's Club, Home Depot, Lowe's, Dillard's, Nordstrom,  PetCo, Burlington Coat Factory, Marshall's and T.J. Maxx. 

But a new survey from Accenture indicates that as many as 45 percent of consumers plan on shopping in some capacity on Thanksgiving Day or evening, nearly half of whom will physically go to stores between 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 5 a.m. on Black Friday (the rest are expected to shop online).

But a separate survey from RichRelevance reveals that approximately six in 10 Americans say they "hate" or "dislike" the fact that stores are open on Thanksgiving.