Stores Opened for Business on Thanksgiving Day

Customers will have a chance to do some shopping after dinner on Thanksgiving.


ROSWELL, Ga. — It’s November and the holidays are right around the corner. The sales are up and people are getting their shopping in. Thanksgiving isn’t too far away. However, that does not stop some stores from opening or closing on Thanksgiving Day.

Toys ‘R’ Us will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and won’t close until the following night. The Kohl’s department clothing store is another one of the few stores that will be open this upcoming Thanksgiving.

“I wish that we would just open up at midnight so we can spend Thanksgiving with our families,” said Henry Jacobs, manager of the Kohl’s store in Roswell. “If it was my decision we would be closed without a doubt, but unfortunately that’s not the case. That was corporate’s decision up in Wisconsin. I personally disagree with all stores being open on Thanksgiving.

“Not downing the business but Thanksgiving is definitely a time for families to be together.”

However not everyone felt the same. Some customers differed.

“Just cause it’s a holiday doesn’t mean anything,” said Mulan Pham, a customer at Kohl’s.  “A holiday is just another day. Plus people have bills to pay so people should be working. Those bills aren’t going to pay themselves. But that’s just my opinion.

“I think it is smart for a store to be open on a holiday because while everything else is closed that makes them stand out more to other customers that happen to be shopping that day, not to mention more money.”

Kohl’s will have a big sale this upcoming Black Friday.

“We will be closed on Christmas as we should,” Jacobs said. “I personally feel like our company should view all big family holidays the same way.”

There are mixed emotions for Kohl’s scheduling. Some people see things from the business side of things and feel that the store should be open. Some people are more family oriented and feel that the stores should be closed.

Home Depot will be closed on Thanksgiving.

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Home Depot decided to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day. Photo by Kenneth Brown

“I’m glad were closed,” said Jeremy Sims, an employee at Home Depot in Roswell. “You can’t tell me that a customer would prefer to go shopping over being with their family and friends. If I’m wrong then I’ll be surprised but for the most part I’m going to say it is safe to assume that our customers aren’t upset about us being closed. I would like to be back at home with the family.

“With the hours I work I feel like I never have time to myself or to spend enough quality time with my loved ones. So I’m grateful for this time off.”

Movie Tavern will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 10 a.m. until 1:30 the next morning. Movie Tavern is known to be open during the holidays. Movie Tavern is a business that is open 365 days in a year.

“No matter what is going on, whether it’s a holiday or whatever, people still want to come to the movies,” said Gunner Stormack a manager at Movie Tavern.  “If anything, we sell out on the holidays. So it’s good for our business to stay open. Our motto is to keep the people happy.  If it’s a movie people want to see, it’s a movie people are going to get.”

With five new films releasing on the week of Thanksgiving, Movie Tavern is looking forward to having one of its busiest weeks with all 11 theatres packed.  The Justice League Unite is one of the movies. The League movie is a highly anticipated movie so Movie Tavern employees are looking forward to having high presales for that movie.

“We are prepared for anything,” said Stormack. “We know we can’t afford to be understaffed. People come here during tornadoes, rain, and stormy weather. So we know we will have a full house on Thanksgiving Day.

“If we were to close on Thanksgiving Day, we would have a lot of angry customers and we try to avoid that. So I’m sure our guests are going to be excited.”

Unlike Stormack, some of the other Movie Tavern employees have a different attitude toward coming into work on Thanksgiving Day.

“I don’t know how I feel about working on Thanksgiving Day,” said Ryan Davis, a server at Movie Tavern.  . “I don’t understand why any place would be open on a holiday like Thanksgiving. There should be a law against it.

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Movie Tavern employee, Ryan Davis working his shift before Thanksgiving. Photo by Kenneth Brown

“Thanksgiving is the perfect time to be with your family. So I definitely do not agree with us having to come into work.

“I would prefer to be with my little brother, mother and cousins. You never know if you will ever get to spend another Thanksgiving with your love ones.”

GameStop recently announced that it will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year for the first time. GameStop was closed in the recent years due to its belief in family time. According to CNN,  the company decided to open this year at the request of employees and customers.

Over $1 billion will probably be spent on Thanksgiving Day this year.

Target will be open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, for the fourth year in row. The shoppers will have until midnight to look through the store aisles.

“I have mixed emotions about us being open on Thanksgiving Day,” said Target Sales employee Phoebe Lehman. “Of course it’s great for the extra hours but then again who feels like leaving their family right in the middle of the day to come into work. Let’s be honest, no one really wants to work on a holiday, whether it’s Christmas, Fourth of July, or Thanksgiving.

“I don’t know how crowded we will be on Thanksgiving but I do know our Black Friday sales are going to have a good crowd of people in and out of the store.”

Target shoppers who make a purchase on Black Friday will get a coupon that can be redeemed for a 20 percent discount as long as they have spent at least $50.


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