Retailers opt out of Thanksgiving shopping, wait for Friday

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Not every retailer will open its doors Thanksgiving Day.

The Home Depot, Stein Mart, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Costco are just a few of the names opting out of the pre-Black Friday madness.

West Ashley Home Depot store manager Chris Ranew says the holiday break has done more to help business than hurt it.

"All the folks who went to some of the other retailers that were open earlier than we were, they got to come in line after staying up all night long," he said.

Stein-Mart, a family-owned fashion retailer, won't open it's doors until 7AM Friday morning.  Latoya Bates, the West Ashley store manager, said the company would rather preserve the Thanksgiving holiday for it's employees, then switch their focus to sales Friday morning.

It's a practice that's worked in years past.

"Of course people go to other retailers for electronics, but with us, we have that loyal base that they come in ready to roll after they've been to a Tanger outlet, after they've been to a Walmart," she said.

Stores across the country are scheduled to open as early as 6AM Thanksgiving Day.

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