Black Thanksgiving

10 Stories

2 Retailers Will Stay Closed on Thanksgiving

So far GameStop, Staples have made announcements

(Newser) - First there was the trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving itself to get a jump on the Black Friday sales; now, thanks to backlash, there's the trend of stores making big announcements to tout the fact that they will not be open on Thanksgiving. The two biggest names to... More »

America Went Nuts Over Walmart's $1.74 Towels

Hey, some washcloths only cost 29 cents each on Black Friday

(Newser) - Walmart sold 2 million televisions on Black Friday ... and 2.8 million towels. Yes, towels were the hot seller, with a million more sold this year than last year. That's probably because one of Walmart's specials was a bath towel or a six-pack of washcloths for $1.74,... More »

Black Friday a Bit of a Dud

Holiday weekend shopping down 3% year over year

(Newser) - It wasn't exactly the Black Friday of retailers' dreams: Shoppers forked over about $1.7 billion—or 3%—less this holiday weekend, per the National Retail Federation. That figure is in spite of about 1% more people hitting the mall or Internet with their wallets open: Roughly 141 million... More »

Chill Out, Activists: Working Black Friday Is Fun

There are other ways to fight for retail employees: Angela Harmon

(Newser) - People like to hate on Black Friday and its gradual encroachment onto Thanksgiving, often "offering righteous indignation on behalf of retail workers who can’t spend the holiday with their families," writes Angela Harmon on Salon . But as a former retail employee who volunteered to work the midnight... More »

Sears Owner Defies Thanksgiving Order

The day is for family, she tells head office

(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... More »

5 Stores That Refuse to Open on Black Thursday

Don't line up outside Costco, TJ Maxx, Marshalls

(Newser) - There are plenty of stores ready to compete with Grandma's pumpkin pie tomorrow, but a handful are holding back. 24/7 Wall St. rounds up those that won't be participating in the mayhem of Thanksgiving Day shopping, and notes they may even see a jump in sales on Friday... More »

Here's How to Fix 'Black Thursday': Stay Home

Just ... don't ... shop. It's pretty simple: Ellen Galinsky

(Newser) - Based on the Facebook outrage and all the online petitions, a huge chunk of America is pretty upset about the growing trend of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. But, uh, the way to fix this has nothing to do with signing a petition and posting it on your Facebook wall,... More »

McDonald's to Franchises: Open Doors on Christmas

They could make $5.5K each, apparently

(Newser) - Ho ho humbug? McDonald's is pushing its franchisees to stay open on Dec. 25, with a memo sent by corporate last month calling Christmas Day "our largest holiday opportunity," according to Ad Age . It estimates that the 6,000 restaurants that stayed open on Thanksgiving brought in... More »

Black Friday: Traffic Up, Sales Down

Thanks to Thursday store openings

(Newser) - There were nearly 308 million store visits on Black Friday this year, a 3.5% increase from last year, but sales were down 1.8% to $11.2 billion, according to a ShopperTrak analysis. Why? Blame stores that actually opened on Thursday night, CNN reports. "While foot traffic did... More »

Forget Black Midnight: Now It's Black Thursday

And analysts warn more stores will jump on the bandwagon

(Newser) - Black Friday became “ Black Midnight ” this year—but analysts say it’s actually “Black Thursday,” as many stores are planning to open on Thanksgiving itself. Walmart, Toys R Us, and Kmart are among the chains barely giving customers a chance to digest their turkey dinner... More »

10 Stories

AROUND THE WEB