UPDATE: ifoAppleStore now claims that Tim Cook has moved to cancel plans, having only just heard of them. He believes – and I agree – that Apple retail employees should be with their families on the holiday.
For major public holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, Apple’s tradition is to close almost all of its retail stores, leaving 2-3 stores open to trade. Normally, that’s the iconic Fifth Avenue store (which is open all day, every day, all year round) and the Apple Stores in The Forum Shops, Las Vegas and Royal Hawaiian.
This year, that’s changing. Apple is planning on having 9 more stores open on Thanksgiving this year. As reported by ifoAppleStore, the stores so far confirmed to be opening on Thanksgiving:
- Fifth Avenue (NYC)
- West 14th Street (NYC)
- North Michigan Avenue (Chicago)
- Lincoln Road (Miami Beach)
- San Francisco (Calif.)
- Pioneer Place (Portland, Ore.)
- The Grove (LA)
- Third Street Promenade (Santa Monica)
- Fashion Valley (San Diego)
- Ala Moana (Honolulu)
The reason for these stores opening is both unsurprising and obvious: Money. Apple’s directors have allegedly been keen to push more stores to be open on Thanksgiving because they believe Apple to be missing out on “substantial holiday sales.”
As we understand it from the post, these stores will also open from 3am on Black Friday to try and avoid unmanageable crowds. It’s the one day of the year that Apple drops its prices, and the deals only last 24 hours traditionally. Apple update its online Retail store list to include holiday opening hours soon, so be sure to keep checking over at Apple.com/retail.