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Stores Refuse to Open on Thanksgiving

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) - Some stores estimate they make 40 to 60% of their profits during the holiday shopping season so it may be understandable why they want to get started as soon as possible.  You've heard of many big box operations such as Walmart, Kmart and Best Buy planning to open on Thanksgiving.  But now there is a growing list of stores who proudly refuse to follow the trend, no regrets.   Stay home if you were planning to head to Home Depot .. don't line up outside Dillards and take your time with that turkey because T.J.Maxx is closed.  You'll even have to wait to save big money at Menards.  Cedar Rapids manager Greg McLain says for a company that cares it was an easy decision and Menards employees are thrilled to have the day off to relax and get ready for the Christmas rush.  "It's important for our team members and the public to be home with their families that day and spend time with loved ones .. there's plenty of time to do shopping the next day. "     Reports indicate Nordstroms is not only closed for turkey day but refusing to put up any Christmas decorations until the day after.  Some marketing and sales experts say it's a plan that isn't without risk.  If they Christmas budget is limited, they say there's always a chance shoppers will spend it all at the stores that are open early.      But a sampling of about a dozen people near Lindale Mall found a lot of support for businesses who refuse to open for the holiday.  Diane told us " I think it's nuts .. they should not have the stores open on Thanksgiving. " Brian told us he knows from experience it really matters to employees " I worked in retail for 17 years, I think they should be home with their families."  Others said they've never shopped on Thanksgiving and never will and Carrie and Sarah even suggested it would be un-American  " If you're in a food coma why are you gonna go out and shop .. yea .. you need to take a nape and watch football like real americans do. "    Meantime back at Menards, manager Greg McLain says he has no worries, he's confident when the doors open at 6:00am on  Black Friday that it will be crazy as ever.  " There'll be a line to get in the store all the way out to the ATM machine at the end of the lot."  We're always interested to hear your thoughts.  Will you go shop on Thanksgiving or wait for the door buster deals on Friday.  The discussion is going on right now on our Facebook page and we invite you to join in.  
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