NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 10:40 AM
Get outta here, workers!
Outdoor retailing superstore REI has told its employees that all 143 stores would close on Black Friday so workers can enjoy time with their families instead of dealing with the biggest shopping day of the year.
The Seattle-based company says 12,000 employees will enjoy the day after Thanksgiving off.
The company is putting more money where its mouth is — going so far as to not only encourage staff, but its own customers, to avoid shopping entirely on Black Friday.
The hashtag is #OptOutside.
“We think that Black Friday has gotten out of hand,” REI CEO Jerry Stritzke said in a statement. “(Spend time) with loved ones this holiday season (not) it in the aisles.”
Every year more and more retailers take advantage of the biggest sales day by mandating workers clock in on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, however, Black Friday weekend sales dropped 11%, according to the National Retail Federation, despite many stores that chose to open earlier.
REI isn’t the first company to rebel against Black Friday. Costco, Florida-based grocery chain Publix, Gamestop and Nordstrom have also taken a stance against shopping on Thanksgiving.