Miami Bookkeeper Reveals Stores Closed on Thanksgiving & More on Black Friday
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, filled with its delicious aromas, succulent turkey, quality family time not to mention Black Friday. Yes that crazy time where everyone’s running around to get the best deals on electronics, kitchen appliances, clothing and everything else they can get their hands on.
In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, 6 out of 10 Americans plan to shop Thanksgiving weekend. This year alone, between the months of November and December, the NRF expects holiday retail sales to increase between 3.6% and 4% to equal about $678.75 to $682 billion. These sales exclude cars, gas and restaurants which elevates that number to a whole other level.
The busiest shopping day of the year accounts for about 30% of the annual retail sales.
Just last year, there were about 101.7 million people shopping on Black Friday which is about 74 million more than 2015. The day right after, on Saturday, 64 million people enjoyed the shopping frenzy. The NRF says stores will be hiring anywhere between 500,000 to 550,000 seasonal workers in 2017. But this Miami bookkeeper found out that the Black Friday sales and deals aren’t actually best on Black Friday. Many businesses like Amazon offer cheaper price tags before. For example, most deals on electronics are offered in the beginning of November. Plus, it turns out you don’t even have to leave home to score the online deals, because those are best on Thanksgiving Day— yes that’s Thursday.
However, some say that the Black Friday shopping frenzy is starting to overshadow the Thanksgiving holiday itself. For big retailers such as Babies R Us and Costco, it’s also a matter of respecting their employees who work hard all year, and want to spend time with their own families.
DSW: If you can wait to buy designer shoes, you’re going to have to wait until Black Friday, because DSW employees will be at home enjoying their own Thanksgiving dinner.
Nordstrom: Closed on Thursday, however some of their employees will be working at nighttime to decorate the stores for the next day and holiday season. But as far as you’re concerned, this Miami bookkeeper is reminding you that this luxury department store is off limits till Black Friday.
Costco: The big box’s 200,000+ employees will also be enjoying Thanksgiving Day at home, so don’t head to Costco on Thursday evening. The warehouse-like store is also closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. BJ’s is also closed for business on Thursday.
REI: This retailer is not only closing on Thanksgiving, but also on Black Friday, giving about 12,000 employees a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.
T.J. Maxx and Marshalls: No shopping for discounted clothes, shoes and even home goods on Thursday.
Publix: Also closed for the holiday, so make sure to get all your Thanksgiving grub early.
Barnes and Noble, Sam’s Club, Pier 1 Imports, Ikea, Home Depot, Ethan Allen, Lowe’s, H & M, Staples are all closed on Thanksgiving Day. For a full list, go to BestBlackFriday.com