Walmart. Yes, Walmart.
The retail behemoth that many love to hate and blame for society’s ills has shown that one company — yes I know it’s a big company — can have a major impact on social issues, fill a leadership void from some our elected leaders and perhaps set a new tone for a major holiday.
Recently, the nation’s largest retailer announced it was implementing a mandatory mask policy. No mask? No entry into any of the retailer’s thousands of stores.
Not surprisingly, the National Retail Federation quickly supported Walmart’s policy and most other national and regional retailers followed suit. If governors in certain states refuse to implement state-wide mask-wearing policies, then businesses are going to take matters into their own hands to protect employees and shoppers.
But, wait. There’s more.
Walmart recently announced that all stores would be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Yes!
John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a company press release, “We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones.”
Now it’s time for other retailers to follow Walmart’s lead. Being open Thanksgiving Day, the ultimate American family holiday is something that has long left a bad taste in my mouth. Close the doors the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and reopen on Black Friday at 9 a.m.
While there are a large number of consumers that are willing to shop on Thanksgiving or stand outside a Best Buy at midnight on Black Friday to get a deal on a television, retailers need to say no. If consumers really need to shop on Thanksgiving, they can do so from the comfort of their living rooms.
While this year’s Turkey Day closure is a wonderful gesture from Walmart, let’s make it a new holiday tradition and keep the stores closed on Thanksgiving for good.
Greg Sleter is the Editor/Publisher of Kitchenware Today