COLUMBIA — Despite millions of customers planning to hit stores on Thanksgiving Day, several large chain stores with locations in Columbia will keep their doors shut.
Home Depot, Menards, Marshalls, Sam's Club, Barnes & Noble and Dillard's are among chains with local stores that will close across the nation on Thanksgiving.
"Being closed on Thanksgiving gives our associates more time to spend with their families," said Katherine Ellison, spokeswoman for Home Depot.
A National Retail Federation shopping survey found that 33 million people said they planned to shop on Thanksgiving.
For some stores, such as Sam's Club, closing on that Thursday is a constant.
"It's how we've always done it," said Jeremy Jesse, store manager of Sam's Club on Conley Road. "We like it that way. It's a paid holiday, so no one loses."
In a Menards news release, the national company described its reasons for closing for a day.
"As a family-owned company, Menards believes that Thanksgiving is a day for togetherness, which should be celebrated with all those we hold dear," the release stated.
Ellison said being closed Thursday won't mean a loss in sales for Home Depot.
"Spring is our busiest season, so being open on Thanksgiving isn't a make-or-break for us," Ellison said.
Although these stores are not open on Thanksgiving, they will reopen the next day for Black Friday sales.
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