Several Stores Open on Thanksgiving [Updated]

November 14, 2013

Following the lead of other mass-market retailers hoping to jump-start this year’s Black Friday shopping, sources say several specifically-located U.S. Apple stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year to help boost the chain’s revenues. The policy expands upon previous years when only the tourist-heavy Royal Hawaiian (Hi.) and Forum Shops (Las Vegas) stores were open on Thanksgiving for holiday shoppers, and some other stores opened as early at 3 a.m. on Black Friday. According to insiders, over the past few years several Apple retail Market Directors have been advocating for more stores to be open on Thanksgiving, believing the company was missing out on substantial holiday sales. Apparently their viewpoint prevailed this year, and at least 10 stores will be open some portion of Thanksgiving. Employee schedules to cover the holiday shifts were being prepared over the last two days. Other retailers have drawn criticism from employees for their open-on-Thanksgiving policy, saying it takes them away from their families on the holiday. However, the retailers have said they will try to accommodate employees with alternate time off. At Apple, the Fifth Avenue (NYC) store is open every day of the year, but in previous years all but two stores were closed for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Check Apple’s list of retail stores for holiday shopping hours when they are eventually posted. Update: On Wednesday morning over the objections of the Market Directors, Apple CEO Tim Cook cancelled the plan to keep several stores open on Thanksgiving. Cook’s specific objection was that it’s important for Apple retail employees to be with their families on the holiday. On the other hand, the Market Directors were reportedly motivated by large potential holiday-quarter bonuses based on performance targets, adding to their $400,000 salaries. The last calendar quarter at Apple retail is always the busiest and generates the most revenue, leading to the largest bonuses.

This year Sears and Target announced they will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, with Wal-Mart opening at 6 p.m. and Toys R Us at 5 p.m. Kmart said it will open at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open for 41 straight hours. Last month Macy’s said it would be open on Thanksgiving for the first time in its history.

Here’s the original list of Apple stores that were scheduled to be open for Thanksgiving, with others considered:

  • Fifth Avenue (NYC)
  • West 14th Street (NYC)
  • North Michigan Avenue (Chicago)
  • Lincoln Road (Miami Beach)
  • San Francisco (Calif.)
  • Pioneer Place (Portland, Ore.)
  • The Grove (LA)
  • Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
  • Fashion Valley (San Diego)
  • Ala Moana (Honolulu)
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Marktrek November 14, 2013 at 1020

If these executives want to be open on Thanksgiving, let them work the stores that day.
I used to have a retail store near Apple’s location in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki. I worked the fourteen-hour shift on Thanksgiving. (I was required in my lease to be open.) I gave my employees the day off. I still paid them.

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Linclon Road (Miami Beach) November 15, 2013 at 0611

There was never any plan for the store the Lincoln Road Store on Miami Beach to be open on Thanksgiving. This information is false!

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Karen McGuire November 15, 2013 at 0656

I think it is sad when businesses decide to (pardon the expression) “put the shaft” to their employees by making them work on holidays. Stores will make the same amount of money for the season whether they open on Thursday or not. Employees should get a bonus if required to work a holiday. Also, APPLE should be ashamed that they care more about Market Directors making bonuses on top of a $400,000 salary, when there are sales employees in the stores that are generating all that income, and they DO NOT receive extra for all their work! I know, because my son has worked in sales with APPLE for 3 years, is consistently a top salesman, and does not get any type of quarterly bonus. APPLE could give these employees a 1-2% quarterly bonus, and it would be much needed, appreciated and not even make a dent in the Executives pockets. This is the reason APPLE has such a high turnover rate in sales employees. Yes, they make a good hourly wage, but they what they are generating for APPLE, and they feel under-appreciated.

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kris November 15, 2013 at 0916

seriously apple? as a former apple retail employee (off to greener pastures thank goodness); it is truly sad that employees must work on thanksgiving. a company that brought in 8.2 BILLION in PROFIT…. (that’s PROFIT people…) in the last quarter ALONE… i’m pretty sure they can afford one day off for the employee’s they ‘care’ so much for… instead of boosting bonuses for managers/directors who seriously do not deserve all the credit for the success of their retail stores. let’s be honest… apple products sell themselves. the retail specialist who explains/breakdowns the THOUSANDS of features and the genius who fixes THOUSANDS of issues DAILY are the REAL heroes that deserve time off (or at least a part of that bonus for that matter).

the “Tim’s day” i would get to use in February is useless because any family that came to visit on thanksgiving is gone by then obviously… lame.

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fight.the.stupids November 15, 2013 at 1052

I sure don’t miss working for Apple Retail. They expect you to sacrficie anything/everything and never anything in return. Just like any other retail.

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Throwthatham November 15, 2013 at 1400

Let’s not forget that store managers are rewarded with bonuses as well.

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Moon City November 16, 2013 at 0907

Yes the downward spiral that continues… the market directors I have come in contact are all slims and overpaid. One market director in Ohio famously won both HD TV’s that Apple was raffling off to its employees (a TV that was on display that they were getting ride of) and why he was even in this contest baffles me? Somehow he won them both (managed two stores at the time) and at the least he should of declined and had it go to the next hard working underpaid employee.

I guess his six figures salary was not enough, bonuses and perks as well as never actually working at the stores this person managed. Rumor he played gold often while his team toiled away. This person came around for important things but very rarely was ever seen.

If Apple need to be open on Thanksgiving at the least it should be double time. They are the cheapest company when it comes to its employes and there internal propaganda is famous. Short story they are full of &*$(#)@ and not much better than Walmart.

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David November 21, 2013 at 1544

When I worked at Apple, our store was located in a mall that was open on pretty much every major holiday except Christmas. Therefore, our store was required to be opened as part of the lease agreement. Although there were many who wanted those days off, there was always a sizeable number of staff members who were eager to work on holidays in order to earn time and a half or potentially double time and a half.

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Mk18042 November 23, 2013 at 1058

Apple Retail is a f&@king joke.

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