Sears Owner Defies Thanksgiving Order
The day is for family, she tells head office
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2013 11:29 PM CST
Updated Nov 28, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Sears says Thanksgiving shopping is what customers want.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

(Newser) – If you want to go appliance shopping on Thanksgiving evening, forget about doing it at the Sears Hometown store in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Franchise owner Holly Cassiano says it only took a couple of seconds for her to decide to angrily reject the head office's order to open at 7pm Thanksgiving. "We are not going to let corporate retailers rule over our family values and take this away," she tells WMUR. "I value my employees enough that I wouldn't have them have to work on a day that's meant for family."

Cassiano plans to open up at 6am on Black Friday, and customers say they're fine with her decision to close for the holiday. "I think if she wants to not be here on Thanksgiving, she should go home and not be here Thanksgiving," says one local shopper. Cassiano—who sent a letter to Sears explaining her decision—says she has been told she will lose her bonus for the rest of the year. Her contract is up in a month and she plans to take Sears to court if the company takes her franchise agreement away, CBS reports. (Sears stores will also be closed in the three states that ban Thanksgiving shopping.)

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Nov 29, 2013 1:04 PM CST
There wouldn't be one store open anywhere on Thanksgiving if consumers refused to shop on that day. Whose to blame? The stores for giving you a choice, or the consumer for taking the choice.
Nov 29, 2013 3:51 AM CST
I sure wish I could post this picture here:
Nov 28, 2013 9:44 PM CST
Between her and the Pizza Hut manager, I am happy to see people pushing back against the greed. And screw black Friday. I am happy to be a bad consumer. Besides, I can wait until closer to the 1st of the year or right after when they slash the prices even more so to avoid paying taxes on inventory stocks.