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Chiming in on the discussion about how Black Friday has expanded into Thanksgiving, and whether the old days when stores were not open on Thanksgiving were actually the "good old days," one MNB reader wrote:

These are the “Good ‘ole Days”….we just don’t know it yet.

Wait about 20 yrs, and we’ll all be talking about how great it was when you actually had to drive the car and you couldn’t text while doing so, or exceed the speed limit for risk of ticket.  These days the car drives itself, but I can’t speed to beat everyone to the next light….How I long for the “Good ‘ole Days"…


From another reader:

I was a kid clerk working for Finast in the 60!s My Dad was store manager with them . Yes, there is no reason to be open on Thanksgiving. What are customers in the store for Frozen turkeys that take days to defrost ? Where did the customer go to shop on Sundays and Holidays to purchase pepper or Pie Crust? Why, the Mom @ Pop Superette. They paid a premium for it.  Two Days a year is not much to ask off. Perhaps the young female who wrote to you, should sit down and read Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Because she could learn a valuable lesson from it.

As far as store being greedy, they are not. All they have done is raise costs by spreading out the business from big Friday evenings and huge Saturdays at regular time to Time and a Half on Sundays to Holiday and Double time and a half on Holidays. Then blame the union for their own stupidity.


MNB reader Chris Reading offered:

Why don’t the Brick and Mortar’s ramp up their online presence and remain closed during Thanksgiving?

From another:

You say "But the thing is, Amazon and its online brethren will be open all day on Thanksgiving … and traditional retailers have to compete with that. I feel their pain."

I'd give Bezos a lot of credit if he gave his warehouse workers the day off and shut down his site for the day. We think its all automated, but there are plenty of folks working hard at Amazon on Thanksgiving as well. Perhaps he could lead the groundswell to give people the day off. Starbucks too. These are two iconic companies, when their CEO's speak, others listen.

7 day work weeks for bricks and mortar means 7 day work weeks for those of us that support them in the back office.

In addition, many of your readers offer up the same point- 30 years ago I didn't starve as a child because the local store was closed. My parents stocked the pantry ahead of time, we cooked a meal together, and ate a meal together. Being open on Sunday means two things- you're shifting your own dollars off of Monday-Saturday. If you're lucky, you'll steal some other retailer's dollars, but likely they are stealing yours as well. Isn't this the least common denominator you always refer to?


And another:

I am one of the consumers that is appalled at stores being open on Thanksgiving, but to your point, the online stores never close.  What are bricks and mortar supposed to do?  What if, as a society, we all encourage our families to spend the holiday “unplugged” as well and completely in each other’s presence? How many people will have their iPad and smartphone out while sitting in the living room of an in-laws house, desperately trying not to hear the 8th telling of Aunt Mildred’s hip surgery?  Want to change the trend?  Change your actions.  My phone and tablet will be put away on Thanksgiving and not a single holiday purchase will be made either in person or online.  I can afford an extra $2 on a gift for a family member if it means someone else has the choice to spend the holiday with their family.  Am I going to change this trend by myself?  Most certainly not, but maybe enough people will make the same choice that retailers will see being open on Thanksgiving as a cost, not a profit center.

Isn't it pretty to think so?
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