Staples announced on Thursday that it will close its stores on Thanksgiving Day.
Just like any other holiday, the Thanksgiving Day gave rise to a shopping trend. The company, however, proves to be against the trend, as it will close its stores this year.
In the last two years, Staples has opened its doors on Thanksgiving Day, but it seems that this year things are going to change a little, since the retailer declared that customers and employees should stay home, surrounded by friends and family.
However, the company doesn’t completely close its doors to the customers. The online deals will still be available. On Black Friday, stores will be opened at 6 a.m.
Demos Parneros, chairman of North American Staples stores, declared that the company wants to give its customers and associates the possibility to spend this holiday the way they like it most.
Over the past years, more and more retailers chose to open their doors to customers on Thanksgiving Day. Some of them would open early in the morning, thing which made customers and employees object, stating that people should spend more time with their families.
Last year, apart from Staples, Target, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Best Buy opened their stores at 5 a.m.
According to some statistics made by the National Retail Federation, the holiday promotions fell last year, as this holiday follows after Halloween and people remain out of money. As a consequence, this year retailers try to improve their strategies.
“If you open on Thanksgiving and there’s not people lined around the sidewalk, you’re going to reevaluate for the next year,” said Kathy Allen, member of the National Retail Federation.
Although some companies may follow Staples’ example, other may still open on Thanksgiving Day, because there are people who enjoy spending money and doing shopping on this holiday.
Staples is the first to give notice of its plans for this holiday. The company will also offer deals in early November.
This year, Thanksgiving Day is going to take place on November 26.
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