Von Maur won’t follow trend of opening doors on Thanksgiving - Omaha.com
Published Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 7:21 pm
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Von Maur won’t follow trend of opening doors on Thanksgiving


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Citing its longstanding history of being closed on holidays and the sacredness of Thanksgiving, Von Maur, the Davenport, Iowa-based department store, said it will be closed Thanksgiving to “ensure employees have ample opportunity to spend time with family and friends.”

The announcement reaffirms Von Maur's policy of closing on Thanksgiving but runs counter to this year's trend that has some major department stores, including J.C. Penney and Macy's, opening for business on the traditional holiday.

Von Maur has remained closed on all major holidays, including Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, since its founding more than 140 years ago, said Jim von Maur, the company's president.

“Some things are sacred, including spending time with family and loved ones on Thanksgiving and other holidays,” von Maur said in a statement. “We profitably run our business during the remaining 358 days of the year, so we don't have to sacrifice tradition for the sake of sales.”

Von Maur operates 29 stores in 13 states, including one at Westroads Mall in Omaha and one at SouthPointe Pavilions in Lincoln. All stores will be closed on Thanksgiving and reopen Nov. 29 at 9 a.m., one hour earlier than normal business hours.

Von Maur will close at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve — and remain closed on Christmas and New Year's Day.

Other stores closed for Thanksgiving

In case you’ve lost track of who else won’t be open on Thanksgiving:

Nebraska-based Gordmans, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Cabela’s will also be closed Thanksgiving. Officials at all three companies have said they want employees to enjoy the holiday with their families. The Buckle, based in Kearney, will open stores on Thanksgiving where allowed.

Costco, Nordstrom, Ross Stores Inc., TJX Companies Inc. — parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other retail brands — and Burlington Stores, owner of Burlington Coat Factory, also will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Contact the writer: Janice Podsada

janice.podsada@owh.com    |   402-444-1142

Janice is a retail reporter for The World-Herald's Money section.

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