Black Friday shoppers didn't seem to mind a wait in line to purchase deals at Best Buy in Chico, Calif. Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. (Bill Husa -- Enterprise-Record)

With Black Friday rapidly approaching, scores of Southern California shoppers are formulating their strategy for snagging the best deals in the fastest way possible.

For the most fervent consumers, that means getting out early on Thanksgiving Day and grabbing those doorbuster deals on flat-screen TVs, video games, smart phones, clothes and other items before they disappear. It’s all part of the “Black Friday creep” that has emerged in recent years as retailers open their doors earlier and earlier to maximize profits.

Many shoppers are more than happy to cut short — and in some cases forego — their Thanksgiving traditions in the pursuit of a 60 percent-off bargain.

Preserving Thanksgiving Day

Still, there remains a deep swath of other consumers who want to keep their Thanksgiving Day festivities intact — while they might still crave those bargain-basement discounts, they’re not willing to disrupt their time with family and friends to do it.

For these consumers, there’s a growing number of retailers who are opting to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day.

TheBlackFriday.com website lists nearly 60 major companies that have announced they won’t be open Thanksgiving Day, and the list is growing. It now includes T.J. Maxx, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, The Home Depot, PetSmart, IKEA, Lowe’s, Marshalls, Staples, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond and Pier 1 Imports, among others.

“We have been closed for Thanksgiving since the 90s,” said Mona Astra Liss, a spokeswoman for IKEA. “We want our co-workers to be at home with their families for the holidays. This is one of our core values — that they have an enjoyable holiday. It speaks to the culture of our company.”

Sarah Lively, a spokeswoman for the Lowe’s, expressed a similar sentiment.

“We want our employees to be able to have time with their families,” …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Business

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