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Apple Expands List of Stores Open for Thanksgiving Day [Updated]

As the beginning of the holiday shopping season grows closer in the United States, ifoAppleStore is reporting that several high-profile Apple Stores around the country will be be open on Thanksgiving Day in order to help drive sales for the company. The move marks an expansion from last year, when only a pair of tourist-heavy Apple Stores in Honolulu and Las Vegas were open on Thanksgiving, with Apple working on arrangements for employees to take on holiday shifts.

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Apple Retail Store located at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu, Hawaii
According to insiders, over the past few years several Apple retail market directors have been advocating for more stores to be open on Thanksgiving, believing the company was missing out on substantial holiday sales. Apparently their viewpoint prevailed this year, and at least 10 stores will be open some portion of Thanksgiving. Employee schedules to cover the holiday shifts were being prepared over the last two days. Other retailers have drawn criticism from employees for their open-on-Thanksgiving policy, saying it takes them away from their families on the holiday. However, the retailers have said they will try to accommodate employees with alternate time off.
While the list of stores scheduled to be open on Thanksgiving may still expand, it currently includes the following locations:

- Fifth Avenue (NYC)
- West 14th Street (NYC)
- North Michigan Avenue (Chicago)
- Lincoln Road (Miami Beach)
- San Francisco (Calif.)
- Pioneer Place (Portland, Ore.)
- The Grove (LA)
- Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
- Fashion Valley (San Diego)
- Ala Moana (Honolulu)

Apple's retail stores posted strong results last quarter, posting $4.5 billion in revenue during the timeframe. The company also traditionally begins the holiday shopping season at its locations with a one-day shopping event during the traditional Black Friday kickoff to the holiday shopping season, which falls this year on November 29. Big box retailers such as Target, Walmart and Best Buy have already advertised upcoming discounts on popular Apple products, with more deals expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Update: ifoAppleStore has updated its report to state that upon learning of the effort to open stores on Thanksgiving, Apple CEO Tim Cook has canceled it, citing the need for employees to be with their families.

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10 months ago
The whole concept of Black Friday is ridiculous to begin with. This is just obnoxious.

The holidays are supposed to be about family, not sales.
Rating: 16 Votes
10 months ago

(http://www.macrumors.com/2013/11/14/apple-expands-list-of-stores-open-for-thanksgiving-day/)


Update: ifoAppleStore has updated its report to state that upon learning of the effort to open stores on Thanksgiving, Apple CEO Tim Cook has canceled it, citing the need for employees to be with their families.


Good job Tim.
Rating: 14 Votes
10 months ago

Less Turkey, more iPhones. USPS working Sundays. I don't like this trend.


I agree, national holidays should be for everyone. Not just for office workers to be off and go out and torment the retail workers. Holidays should be for everyone, or no one at all.

If it's not profitable, the stores will stay shut on the holidays.

Everybody stay the hell home on Thanksgiving, you don't need an iDevice that badly.......
Rating: 13 Votes
10 months ago
Come on Tim, time to put families before sales. I know you give the employees other time off to make up for it, but Im guessing most families won't gather like everyone can on Thanksgiving.

Certain people will have to work thanksgiving regardless, but retail shouldn't be one of them.

edit: Well done Tim!
Rating: 11 Votes
10 months ago
what a complete shame on all these companies opening earlier and earlier every single year, they have completely lost the whole idea of the holidays and forgot what they're about, they're about families! not your wallets! and being selfish and buying stupid things, family is way more important then going out and fighting people for things
Rating: 8 Votes
10 months ago
Others doing things behind the CEO's back Good for Tim for shutting down that idea down.


"upon learning of the effort to open stores on Thanksgiving, Apple CEO Tim Cook has canceled it, citing the need for employees to be with their families."
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
Much respect to Mr. Cook for nixing this terrible idea.

And in retail, it's not about what you want to work, it's about what they want you to work. I feel bad for the Walmart and BB employees that have to give up their Thanksgiving evening so they can be at work before 6pm to start the Gray Thursday sales. Either go to work, or you will have no work to go to.

I for one will not be doing any shopping on Thursday, and I definitely won't be out on Friday! I may go by Walmart in the afternoon to see if they have any of the cheap Blu-Ray movies left, but no big deal if they don't.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago
This seriously pisses me off. My condolences to the poor folks that work at these stores that will have to run out on family at Thanksgiving to go sell crap at the Apple Store.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago
Less Turkey, more iPhones. USPS working Sundays. I don't like this trend.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago

OK, then national holidays should be for everyone EXCEPT employees of McDonalds.....

Seriously, if I am home and bored, I can find lots of things to do that don't involve going in to work. IF people really are compelled to make breakfast for strangers on Thanksgiving, I'm sure there are lots of homeless shelters that would appreciate their time and energy.


But if someone doesn't mind working on a holiday, or even prefers it, why do you care?

If someone doesn't have family or is forced to be far away from them, working might be a better alternative to not working and being reminded that they are alone on such holidays.
Rating: 5 Votes

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