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Continued: Family, football trump commerce at Menards, Fleet Farm, Nordstrom, Costco

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 27, 2013 - 9:36 PM

Niche and specialty retailers probably don’t feel the pressure, analysts say. Nordstrom and its appeal to more of a luxury market can give up Thanksgiving Day sales. For homebuilding stores, such as Menards and Home Depot, the November-December shopping isn’t as crucial as for some retailers.

Steve Gossen, general manager of the Menards in Golden Valley, said employees have known for more than a month that the store would close at 10 p.m. on Wednesday and not reopen until Friday morning. Menards has 284 stores in 14 states, including 40 in Minnesota.

“Menards has taken the stance that we’ve got to look beyond the bottom line,” said Gossen. “We hear a lot of stories about friends or spouses who work at other places and are required to work unbelievable hours. People are pretty excited Menards is sticking to its policy.”

 

Jackie Crosby • 612-673-7335

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