GameStop’s poor treatment of its employees has been well-documented over the years. But it seems this year, employees will get to spend Thanksgiving with their families instead of in-store dealing with frustrated, manic customers.
According to a leaked schedule of GameStop’s holiday hours, the electronic retailer will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 24th. Stores will reopn on November 25, aka Black Friday, at 5:00 a.m.
Amid pushback and criticism from employees and even consumers, more and more retailers have started to remain closed on actual Thanksgiving day. And honestly, that’s how it should be. Heck, that’s how it used to be. People used to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends while Black Friday, the day after, would be the designated shopping day.
But with the advent of the internet and push to online shopping, retailers basically just run Black Friday holiday sales online throughout the entirety of November. And this year, the Black Friday sales have even started in October.
So while holiday shopping deals are starting earlier and lasting longer — because capitalism gonna capitalism — at least we can finally spend one day of the year with family and friends.
But even as shopping has moved more online, stores have been slow to adjust to giving employees Thanksgiving off. Prior to the pandemic, GameStop and other retailers had limited hours on Thanksgiving, usually opening around the late afternoon, or early evening. They would then close for a little bit and re-open at around midnight for Black Friday.
Things changed a bit once the pandemic struck. GameStop didn’t open at all on Thanksgiving in 2020 due to COVID-19. In 2021, only select stores were opened on Thanksgiving, mostly to sell the limited stocks of PS5 and Xbox Series X|S consoles.
Honestly, this year, there doesn’t seem to be much reason to be open on Thanksgiving. We’re now two years out from the launch of the PS5 and Xbox Series X and while there’s still demand for these consoles, it’s not nearly what it was in 2020. Plus, with supply issues, who knows how many consoles will even be on store shelves this year?