According to a statement released to Kotaku from the gaming retailer, GameStop plans to open on Thanksgiving Day. Despite having remained closed for Thanksgiving in the past two years, GameStop decided open for a short hour this year in order to “better serve our guests with their evolving holiday shopping needs”.
Last year, major retailers like Macy’s and REI closed their doors on Thanksgiving Day so that team members can all have the day off to be spent with friends and family. (REI stands by their #OptOutside campaign to close on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday). Others like Costco, Fred Meyers, Barnes & Noble, Nordstrom--to name a few--also closes for the entire day and reopen early on Black Friday. While brick and mortar locations are closed, most retailers still run promotions and accept orders online to be fulfilled the next business day.
However, since the digital shopping movement has spiked, it doesn’t end at retail but also affects much of the gaming industry as a growing number of gamers opt for digital downloads. Couple that with the decline in mall traffic and growth in e-commerce competition and it spells trouble all around.
Since GameStop will only open for a short amount of time on Thanksgiving Day, it may have its benefits. Those looking to pocket extra holiday cash can work Thanksgiving Day shift and still make it home in time for dinner. If GameStop is expecting some in store traffic this year, they’ll most likely reward you for your efforts in the form of exclusive Black Friday deals. Some hot items we can think of that may be up for a discount includes PS4 Slim/Pro, Xbox One S/X, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo NES Classic and the Nintendo 2DS XL.
I guess we'll just have to wait and browse the Black Friday ad for 2017 for ourselves! You can also take a look at GameStop Black Friday 2016 ad here as pricing strategies are similar year over year for many retailers.
As new information is released, we’ll continue to provide updates until all sales are over. Stay tuned for more information as we near the holiday season by subscribing to our email alerts below (or download our BlackFriday app). In the meantime, take a look at our top stores Black Friday 2017 predictions and know what to expect by revisiting our Black Friday 2016 ad scans.