Nordstrom Closed on Thanksgiving to “Celebrate One Holiday at a Time”

Store says it won't change tradition even though other retailers are pledging to open their doors to holiday shoppers on Thanksgiving.

If you're in the habit of shopping for the holidays early and want to get a head start this year on Thanksgiving Day, don't bother stopping at Nordstrom. It'll be closed.

The leading fashion retailer announced its doors will close Thursday, Nov. 28.

Affecting more than 100 stores in 35 states, the closure is part of a Nordstrom full-line and Nordstrom Rack tradition.

“This is how we’ve approached the holidays as long as anyone here can remember,” Nordstrom spokesman Colin Johnson said.

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Closing for the holiday doesn't sit well with most retailers, which are already losing six shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year as part of a calendar phenomenon that occurs about every seven years.

Breaking a 155-year-old tradition, Macy’s announced in mid-October that it would open on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. Other retailers, such as JCPenney and Toys“R”Us, are betting on the holiday to increase sales by remaining open and expanding their operating hours.

Flyers were posted in Nordstrom stores announcing the closure with big lettering that read, “HAPPY THANKSGIVING.”

“We won't be decking our halls until Friday, November 29. Why? We just like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time," the sign read.


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Some people don't like the idea that a retail store would remain open, forcing its employees to work on a holdiay.

"We've received positive feedback in the past," Johnson said.

Doors are set to re-open in time for Black Friday on Nov. 29 and in full holiday spirit.

“The Friday after Thanksgiving is when we deliver our holiday trim,” Johnson said. “It makes it more fun and exciting.”

For those shoppers who can’t wait till Black Friday, Nordstrom's online site won’t be affected.

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