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November 18, 2016

Closed for Thanksgiving; Stores Opting Out Of Black Friday Sales

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Closed for Thanksgiving & Black Friday

The week of Thanksgiving has become more and more important to the U.S. economy, but many companies have opted out and closed their doors on turkey day. Laws in Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island, mandate that all large supermarkets, big box and department stores are closed for the holiday, but a few companies have decided to go farther and announced that they will be closed the day after as well.

Recreation Equipment Inc. (REI), a consumer co-operative based in Kent, Washington, has once again led the movement and will close all 149 of their locations on both Thanksgiving and “Black Friday,” while still paying more than 12,000 employees for the vacation. Like most movements in 2016, opting out of “Black Friday” comes with a hashtag.

#OptOutside, created by REI, came with the message of exploring the outdoors with loved ones instead of buying them presents. This year, according to their website, 1.9 million consumers have promised to #OptOutside instead of shopping. In addition to REI, another Washington state apparel and gear company, Outdoor Research, will close their doors on both Thanksgiving and “Black Friday” as well.

If you plan on braving the crowds this Holiday season, here are some tips to keep you safe while shopping.

Retailers Not Participating in Black Friday

Stores like Macy’s are open for longer hours this Thanksgiving (Macy’s opens at 5 p.m. and closes at 2 a.m. then reopens for “Black Friday” at 6 a.m.), but the 35 stores below will be closed for the entire day so that their employees can spend the holiday with their families:

  1. A.C. Moore
  2. American Girl
  3. Barnes & Noble
  4. BJ’s Wholesale Club
  5. Burlington
  6. Chico’s
  7. Costco
  8. Crate and Barrel
  9. Dillard’s
  10. DSW
  11. GameStop
  12. Guitar Center
  13. Hobby Lobby
  14. Home Depot
  15. Home Goods
  16. IKEA
  17. Jos A. Bank
  18. Lowe’s
  19. Mall of America
  20. Marshalls
  21. Neiman Marcus
  22. Office Depot
  23. OfficeMax
  24. Outdoor Research
  25. P.C. Richards
  26. Patagonia
  27. PetSmart
  28. Pier 1 Imports
  29. Publix
  30. Raymour and Flanigan
  31. REI
  32. Sam’s Club
  33. Staples
  34. The Container Store
  35. T.J. Maxx