Costco bucks trend, will not open until Black Friday
By Jennifer Osieczanek
Thanksgiving is for families, not shopping.
That’s Costco’s take.
Paul Latham, Costco’s vice president for membership and marketing, told The Huffington Post his company would skip the retail rush to open on Thanksgiving night and instead opt for a traditional Black Friday opening.
“Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season, and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” Latham wrote in an email to The Post.
According to Costco’s website, the store will open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday and remain open until 8:30 p.m. The discount retailer will be open until 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve for last-minute shoppers as well.
While Costco is opting for a true Black Friday opening, much of its competition is kicking off the holiday shopping season — which is six days shorter this year than last — on Thanksgiving night.
Best Buy, Kohls, Sears, Target and Walmart all plan to open their doors shortly after the traditional meal likely has been served. Best Buy and Walmart will kick off Black Friday events at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving while Kohls, Sears and Target have planned 8 p.m. openings.
Meanwhile, Kmart is getting a jump on everyone, announcing it will remain open for 41 consecutive hours starting at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.
And while many of those stores also have shared their Black Friday doorbuster deals that include TVs, iPads and other electronics, Costco has not followed that trend yet either.
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