Multiple retail stores plan to be closed on Thanksgiving Day

Both Staples and GameStop have announced earlier opening times for Black Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – More stores are choosing to close on Thanksgiving Day.

GameStop says they will once again be closing all of its nearly 4,000 stores for the Thanksgiving holiday, and they’re not alone. Staples will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day for the second year in a row. Instead, Staples will feature online deals that day to give customers the option to shop from home. Indianapolis-based electronics chain Hhgregg also announced on Tuesday that they will close its 220 stores, saying it’s important for its employees to be home with their families on Thanksgiving.

These stores are going against the trend of stores that open late Thanksgiving night in order to allow shoppers to get a head start on their Black Friday deals.

22News found out that shoppers have mixed feelings about Thanksgiving Day shopping.

Jerry Ager, a Northampton resident, told 22News: “I would like to see them open, keep the economy going and have people buy things. Just have a great holiday season.”

Edmund Kawecki, a Bernardston resident, told 22News: “I don’t think stores should be open on Thanksgiving. It’s family time. That way, you are at home with your family, and to me that’s more important than going out shopping.

Staples says they’ll open their doors at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. GameStop will open all of its video game stores an hour earlier.