Looks like GameStop is feeling the holiday spirit this year, and I’m not talking about Christmas.
A friendly turkey must’ve wandered into GameStop’s corporate offices and convinced them to set aside their greed this year. It’s the only explanation I can offer for why GameStop announced that they will close their stores on Thanksgiving. This means that on November 26, 2020; every GameStop employee will get a day off to spend with their families. Even a virtual day off with your family is better than no day off at all, which was GameStop’s previous policy for Thanksgiving.
GameStop Goes Cold Turkey
It’s actually pretty amazing (in a bad way) that GameStop kept their stores open on Thanksgiving Day in previous years. And in some ways, it still is amazing, since GameStop isn’t doing this for their stores outside the US. To be fair, only the US celebrates Thanksgiving in its current form. Note that the Canadian version of the holiday has a completely different basis and takes place on different days. So it does mostly make sense for GameStop’s generosity to only affect US stores.
In addition though, GameStop also announced that their online store and mobile app will be available even through Thanksgiving. Yes, you can place orders even on Thanksgiving, meaning that some poor store employee enjoying their holiday might be called back to carry out the order. That’s why I’d advise you to please not place any orders on that day. If only for the employees’ sake.
There’s also the troubling fact that Black Friday immediately follows Thanksgiving. GameStop announced in this same announcement that all US stores will open at 5:00 A.M. local time this year. That would suck some of the fun out of the day off, but well, I guess it’s a reason to party harder on Thanksgiving Day then.
GameStop will finally give all their employees a day off on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2020; this year. They appear to be making up for it on Black Friday though, with stores opening extra-early at 5 A.M. local time. There’s also no word as to whether this generosity will repeat next year as well. But hey, a day off is day off, so let’s milk it for all it’s worth.