GameStop Decides To Give Employees The Day Off For Thanksgiving

GameStop is well known for often getting the jump on new video game releases by opening stores at midnight, so you might expect that the chain would be throwing open its doors as early as possible on Thanksgiving to get out ahead of the Black Friday competition. But today, the retailer announced that its workers won’t be enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner in between dealing with customers.

In a statement released today, the company says that none of its 6,600 stores will be open during the actual Thanksgiving holiday this year “out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends.”

“We believe it’s the right decision not only for our employees, but also for our customers,” says the company.

However, GameStop does still plan to open at midnight on Black Friday, so some employees will inevitably be up all night dealing with customers and praying for the dawn to come. At the very least, they will be doing so with full stomachs and maybe having watched some football with their families.

Costco recently confirmed that it, too, would not open on Thanksgiving. Other big-name retailers that are refusing to follow the trend of opening on the actual holiday include Dillard’s, Burlington Coat Factory, REI, and American Girl.