Staples is sticking to its guns and will keep Thanksgiving Day sacrosanct like it did last year.
“We encourage our customers and employees to enjoy Thanksgiving however they choose, with their families and friends,” Steve Matyas, president of Staples’ North America retail, said in a statement.
While its U.S. stores will be closed for the holiday, those who can turn away from the dinner table or TV will find the office supply chain’s e-commerce site raring to go with pre-Black Friday discounts, the company promised.
Store staff will be further rewarded with a relatively late 6 a.m. start on Black Friday proper, and weekly pre-holiday ads will begin appearing in early November, the retailer said.
Staples is one of a small but growing cadre of national chains that are resisting Black Friday creep and giving their employees the day off. The list, said shopping advice site BestBlackFriday.com, also includes GameStop, Costco, BJ’s, Lowe’s and Home Depot, and another 30 retailers are expected to join the Thanksgiving backlash soon.
On the regional level, privately held P.C. Richard & Son will continue its 107-year tradition of putting family first, and for better or worse will keep its 66 New York area stores closed, president/CEO Gregg Richard recently told TWICE.
For those open for business on “Gray Thursday,” store hours will be pushed back even earlier, with some doorbuster promotions beginning that afternoon, predicted BFads, the granddaddy of holiday sales reveals.