Several companies choose to close for Thanksgiving

tjefferson@vagazette.com

Before heading out to do some early Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving, shoppers should check and see whether their favorite shops will be open.

Several national companies, some local shops and restaurants have decided to give its employees the day off.

Shoe Carnival is one of them.

Jennifer Rodgers, communications representative from Shoe Carnival, which has has 419 stores including one at Settlers Market Boulevard, said last year the store was open for Thanksgiving, although they’ve been closed in previous years.

“We have decided to go back to closing on Thanksgiving because we are a family focused retailer,” she said. “A lot of thought was put into this decision at the end of day, family is important to us. We wanted to close and show our associates how much we appreciate them and give them that time back with their families.”

The stores will reopen on Black Friday at 6 a.m.

Locally, Quirks of Art, at 423 Prince George St., will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Shop owner Jennifer Raines said her company will be closed because she wants her employees to spend time with their families. Raines said her staff might get together outside of the office and participate in the Turkey Trot.

For the last three years, Quirks of Art has also closed on Black Friday to hold a food drive to benefit Feed our Future, which helps feed local students. But the store will be open Friday this year — and they’ll still hold the food drive.

“We just moved to a new location and we are not allowed to close. We will be open and spreading our cheer from within our walls this year. We will be handing out "sparkle packages" all day to our customers to encourage random acts of kindness,” Raines said.

Raines said when Quirks of Art first opened at High Street seven years ago, it stayed open for a few hours on Thanksgiving night to increase exposure because of the proximity to Movie Tavern.

If you’re interested in eating out on Thanksgiving, area restaurants decide whether to open or close for Thanksgiving on a case by case basis, according to the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association.

“I don’t know that it’s a trend because for several years restaurants closed to allow their employees to be with their families and some stay open,” said Debi Schaefer, executive director of the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association.

The association keeps track of 74 restaurants in the area and has a list on its website.

 

Bob Harris, senior vice president of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance said his organization hasn’t noticed a trend locally.

“We saw the trend when stores started opening on Thanksgiving and I saw on the news it was starting to reverse. But locally I’m not aware of any trend in Williamsburg. Most of the local stores stay closed,” Harris said.

The safest bet is to check each particular store for hours, according to the chamber.

 

Open or closed?

Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association: WaraRest.com

National retailers: www.bfads.net/Black-Friday-Store-Hours

Jefferson can be reached by phone at 757-790-9313.

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