It’s Black Friday! Sorry, We’re Closed.

closedOver the past few weeks, a number of retailers have announced that they will be closed on Black Friday, one of the biggest retail sales days of the year. Reactions have varied from pundits and customers but the general sentiment seems to be positive and in favor of employees having time with their families. In some cases, there is also a touch of anti-consumerism and a healthy dose of cynicism as well.

Given how much revenue is at risk, these are high stakes games brands are playing. It will be interesting to see how consumers react this holiday season.

It’s been interesting to watch how brands have announced their closings:



To give our customers & associates time to spend Thanksgiving with family & friends, our stores will be closed 11/26

— GameStop (@GameStop) October 12, 2015

P.C. Richard & Son

Predictably, the press and media has jumped all over this story, spinning it up in a variety of ways: 


USA Today


.@REI is staying closed on Black Friday, says retail frenzy has gotten “out of hand”

— CNNMoney (@CNNMoney) October 26, 2015

Others including employees and customers  have also reacted favorably, posting often on Twitter about their favorite brands:

It will be interesting to see how this impacts sales and revenues. Are retailers taking a big financial risk by closing, or will the great PR drive brand loyalty? Time will tell.

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