To fully understand this post, one must understand two things. One, Thanksgiving is a major holiday in the US, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Two, the following day, “Black Friday” is the “traditional” start of the Christmas shopping season. These days, Black Friday sales begin in October, but prior to the pandemic, retailers were fighting to out-sell each other by opening earlier and earlier. By 2019, stores were starting their sales on Thanksgiving Day, and pushing the start as far back as 5:00 am on the holiday.
In November 2019, P.C. Richard and Son, an appliance store that started (I think) in New Jersey and has spread into other mid-Atlantic states, New York and parts of New England ran a full-page ad in our local paper announcing that their stores would be closed – “As Always” on Thanksgiving! Closed, while Home Depot and Lowes were announcing huge Black Friday discounts on the same appliances P.C. Richard & Son sells.
P.C. Richard & Son said in their full-page ad that “our employees and their families come first.”
When my wife and I read the ad, we decided that we would buy our appliances from P.C. Richard & Son. So far, we have bought five items from our local store. We will certainly return for any other appliances we need in the future.
This year, I was happy to see that a few other major retailers remained closed on the holiday. I was very happy to see that Target’s CEO Brian Cornell announced that they would never open on Thanksgiving again. According to various news sources, Cornell said:
“What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard.”
I hope this is a trend that continues.
The “We are the World” Blogfest continues, well into its third year. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. We hope to share the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope, overcoming challenges and in general, the impressive resilience of the human spirit. Click HERE for more information, guidelines and the hosts for this month’s event. Click HERE to visit the #WATWB Community Facebook page. Special thanks to this month’s co-hosts, – Eric Lahti and Sylvia Stein.