HHGregg stores to close on Thanksgiving Day

Photo from HHGregg

Photo from HHGregg

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis-based HHGregg will become the latest retailer to take a stand against opening on Thanksgiving Day.

The Indianapolis-based company said its 220 stores in 19 states would stay closed for the holiday. Company officials said workers should be at home with their family for Thanksgiving.

“We stand behind our core values and beliefs of being a family-first company,” said Bob Riesbeck, president and CEO. “It’s important to us that our associates are able to be home with their families on Thanksgiving, and we are encouraging our customers to do the same—knowing great deals will be available online, on Black Friday and through the weekend.”

4 Fast Facts

  • HHGregg stores to close on Thanksgiving
  • CEO says employees should be able to spend time with their families
  • Stores will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday
  • Indy-based chain is latest to buck the trend of opening on the holiday

Chris Sutton, senior vice president of marketing, said retailers are feeling the trend of earlier holiday shopping and want to stand with employees.

“We continue to see a shift in the market place and feel it’s time for electronics industry leaders to take charge and move the shift back, in order to give associates, and people in general, more quality time with family and friends,” Sutton said.

Shoppers can still find their deals on Black Friday. HHGregg locations are set to open at 7 a.m.

Over the last few years, more and more retailers have opened on Thanksgiving in order to lure shoppers with deals ahead of the traditional Black Friday shopping spree.

But other stores are bucking that trend.

Last week, Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., announced plans to close for Thanksgiving this year. The mall had opened for the holiday starting in 2012. Some tenants may decide to open; if they do, the company will provide security. Employees who work directly for the mall will get the day off.

Office supply retailer Staples will close on Thanksgiving, but shoppers can still get deals online. Stores will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

Other retailers haven’t yet announced their plans for Thanksgiving yet.

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