Costco, BJ’s Would Rather Have Their Employees Spend Thanksgiving At Home

This year, everyone from Kmart to Macy’s to Staples will be celebrating the time-honored tradition of ruining Thanksgiving by throwing open their doors early to shoppers eager to flee the company of their families in favor of door-buster deals on junk the stores are desperate to get rid of. But some retailers simply refuse to get into the spirit of Black Thursday and won’t open until — get this — the day after Thanksgiving.

Two of the bigger grinches are Costco and BJ’s. Why aren’t these warehouse stores joining in all the holiday fun of luring shoppers and employees away from their turkey dinners? Apparently, they think their workers might want the day off.

“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 VP explains to Huffington Post. “Nothing more complicated than that.”

That sentiment was echoed by Laura Sen, the CEO of BJ’s, who told HuffPo, “Maybe call me old-fashioned, but I feel that it’s an easy decision to make [to stay closed on Thanksgiving].”