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No Thank You: A List Of All The Stores Screwing Their Workers By Opening On Thanksgiving

Who else is happy to spend time with their family this Thanksgiving?

 

Unfortunately, for many, that’s not an option because they don’t get the day off. For instance, take this sad account from a Kohl’s worker:

Connie Miller will be working at Kohl’s the day before Thanksgiving, on the holiday itself, and on Black Friday. Her shift on Wednesday ends at 12:30 a.m. Then she’ll have to wake up early so she can get an entire Thanksgiving meal for 15 family members cooked and ready to eat by noon. She’ll leave that celebration at 5, arriving at work by 5:30 and working until just after midnight. Then she’ll have to be back at work on Black Friday by 6 in the morning…

 

“You hate the holidays. It’s exhausting,” she said. “It’s not a fun time. It’s a time to be dreaded. Because I can’t be with my family.”

The reality is that these stores will keep opening as long as people keep lining up outside. And the workers, and their families and friends, suffer as result. Everyone deserves the opportunity to be at home with their family for the holidays if they want to. As a consumer, your vote counts…

 

Without further ado, here’s our Thanksgiving Day Hall of Shame

BIG BOX STORE

Walmart

Walmart

Photo Credit: Gawker

BIG BOX STORE

Target

Target

Photo Credit: Star Tribune

ELECTRONICS

Best Buy 

Best Buy

Photo Credit: CNN Money

TOY / GAME STORE

Toys “R” Us

toys r us

Photo Credit: New York Times

DEPARTMENT STORE

JCPenney

JCP

Photo Credit: CNN Money

DEPARTMENT STORE

Kohl’s

kohls

Photo Credit: Union Advocate

CLOTHING STORE

Old Navy

old navy

Photo Credit: Las Cruces News

DEPARTMENT STORE

Macy’s

macys

Photo Credit: NBC

LINGERIE STORE

Victoria’s Secret

Victorias Secret

Photo Credit: The Redish

DRUGSTORE / PHARMACY

CVS

Earns CVS Caremark

Photo Credit: Huffington Post

DRUGSTORE / PHARMACY

Walgreen’s 

Walgreens

Photo Credit: CNN Money

DRUGSTORE / PHARMACY

Rite Aid

Rite Aid

Photo Credit: USA Today

OFFICE SUPPLIES

Office Depot

officedepot

Photo Credit: Retailing Today

ELECTRONICS

Radio Shack

radio shack

Photo Credit: USA Today

SPORTING GOODS

Sports Authority

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Photo Credit: Daily Republic

DEPARTMENT STORE

Sears

sears

Photo Credit: Daily Herald

And that’s just some of the most well known chains that are open on Thanksgiving. Some others include:

 

K Mart
Family Dollar
Modell’s
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dollar General
HH Gregg
Bass Pro Shops
Bon-Ton
ShopKo
Bealls
Gordman’s
Farm & Home Supply
Five Below
Meijer
Stage Stores
Peebles
Goodys
Michaels
Belk
Berks Outlet
Reeds Jewelers
Gander

 

And numerous restaurants too:

Denny’s
IHOP
McDonald’s
Qdoba
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
Applebees
Chick Fil-A
Checkers
Cracker Barrel
Firehouse Subs
Golden Corral
Jimmy John’s
Panda Express
Popeyes
Quiznos
Ruby Tuesday
Shoney’s Waffle House
Sonic Drive-In
Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits

 

The good news though is that most stores are actually closed on Thanksgiving (and REI is even closed on Black Friday as well)!  This is especially true of all the local stores in your neighborhood (another reason to Buy Local). So, if you want to vote with your $$$ at businesses that aren’t open on Thanksgiving, it’s actually pretty easy.

 

And if you want to step your game up and learn more about where you spend your money, GET YOUR SWICH SCORE TODAY to see if the businesses that you spend your money at are sustainable, socially responsible and treat their workers well. And then get recommendations to improve your social impact!

 

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