Costco to be closed on Thanksgiving this year

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At Costco, the Black Friday deals won’t begin until, well, Friday.

The warehouse retail chain will again stay closed on Thanksgiving this year, bucking the trend of retailers opening their doors earlier and earlier.

“Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” a Costco spokesman told the website Think Progress.

“Nothing more complicated than that,” the spokesman added.

It said the same thing last year.

The company did not say when on Friday it would open the doors of its 468 locations, and the company didn’t return a message from CNNMoney.

Most locations normally open at 10 a.m. on weekdays.

It is also closed on holidays like Christmas, Labor Day and Easter.

Many retailers opened their doors last year between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Macy’s will open at 6 p.m. on Friday this year.


    • Chris

      There a difference between essential services verses retail greedy shoppers who can’t wait until Friday for a good deal. Last year my brother was forced by Walmart to come in by 3 pm Thanksgiving, Not even enough time for him to have dinner with our family. As a son of a police officer I understood my Dad’s job was essential for the safety of our society, the same goes for Hospitals, EMS, Fire and utility companies. Football and TV are not essential for Thanksgiving.

      • Stuart McDonald

        If you do not want to work the holidays then get a better job. What do you expect from a retail job…

    • miles (dave)

      stuart it sure sounds like you think costco should stay open during thanksgiving and other holidays. if this is the case then it would be a very healthy practice for you to slap your self (the idea being your disciplining your self for thinking in a destructive way).

      however your not totally wrong, being a big fan of responsibility i agree if your place of work dosnt meet your reasonable requirements for practices you should fire that place and go hire a new employer for your self (i have done this before) but in this case, with the information we have from this story the people who work at costco have at least one more good reason to believe that costco is a great entity to have employed in there lives

    • Motherof TargetEmployeeWhoWorkedThanksgiving

      You’re right–only essential staff should be working the holidays. Retailers, except convenience stores should give employees the day off to be with their families. Waiting until Friday, like they have in the past is not going to make a sizable difference in their profits.

  • Amber

    I think black friday should keep the tradition of being on friday. Everyone deserves a holiday,especially on thanksgiving to share with there families. It’s absolutely nonsense to have sales starting at 3 pm on thanksgiving!

  • ShirlSumm (@ShirlSumm)

    That is great news for the employees and their families. Stuart McDonald, all of those people knew what they were getting into when they signed up for the job. I just admire the fact that Costco respects the Holiday as a family day, not an excuse to just be open to make one more dollar.

  • Finny Wiggen

    Why would they be open on thanksgiving? They aren’t open any other day… at reasonable hours…
    Who closes at 6:00 pm?!

    I think it is great that they are closing on Thanksgiving. But… can you please open normal hours all the other days!!

    • Hello Kitty

      So, firefighters, police, EMS. nurses, doctors, etc, do not deserve to be with their family? However, retailer workers get that entitlement? I do not understand why so much is put on a day. Treat everyday like it is a holiday and be with your family…

      • Gail Supp

        It is called essential services Kitty, and “deserve” has nothing to do with it. Police, firemen, nurses, airline pilots, and a host of others work on holidays and even, gasp, Christmas. Not a hard concept to understand.

  • BFuller

    How has not one person noticed that the last line in this story says Macy’s will open at 6 PM on Friday?! Do they mean 6 AM on Friday or 6 PM on Thursday? Good job, editor.

  • Bob

    How hard can it possibly be to think ahead and do your shopping on the day before Thanksgiving? People with non essential jobs deserve to be at home with their families on that day.

  • Kirk Moreno

    Have a volunteering signup schedule offering time and a half holiday pay. I feel lots would CHOOSE to work for the money. I did when I was younger, no biggie. Lets get over this, and not waste our times on things that don’t move the needle.

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