Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has decided not to open their retail stores on Thanksgiving day. Apple’s retail operations executives were apparently pushing to open the retail stores in order to capitalize on the Thanksgiving and Black Friday just like Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Sears. It was believed that Apple was going to open up stores in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
Retail stores have been heavily criticized for making people work on a family-oriented holiday, especially Wal-Mart. Apple CEO Tim Cook made the decision about closing Apple stores on Thanksgiving day to stress the importance of spending time with families on Thanksgiving.
Originally the plan was to give Apple retail store employees that would have been working on shifts during the holiday season alternate time off, but that plan was nixed. Nordstrom and Costco have also decided to close on Thanksgiving day.