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Thanks To Stan’s Fit For Your Feet And New Balance Milwaukee For Honoring Thanksgiving Holiday

November 14, 2013


Hat Tip To Skip

I made my feelings known this week over the continuing greed by national retailers as they expand their hours into the Thanksgiving Day holiday all the for the purpose of making more money.  Greed is never pretty, and what the nation is about to witness in a couple weeks will be most foul when Wal-Mart, Target, Toys R Us, Macy’s, Best Buy and others all open for business on the holiday.

So it was much appreciated when a reader to my blog provided a link to a story about a Wisconsin business who understands what Thanksgiving Day means, what good business practices look like, and how to value workers and customers all at the same time.

There’s been a lot of buzz in the past weeks about which big stores are going to open in the evening on Thanksgiving Day to give consumers an extra edge on their holiday shopping. And, I’m sure that some of you are already planning your shopping strategy for this time period. However, as the owner of Stan’s Fit For Your Feet & New Balance Milwaukee, I am taking a stand to announce that our Stan’s and New Balance Milwaukee locations WILL NOT BE open on Thanksgiving Day.

Right now, I’m sure some of you are thinking it’s an unwise decision, which is why I decided to write this blog post. As a family business, I feel strongly (like I’m sure many other local business owners do) that Thanksgiving Day is one of the few days left in the year where we can enjoy our family and friends while giving thanks for all that we have. To me, it’s all about family and business values. These values seem to be eroding all the time.

Our family wants to have the opportunity to celebrate on this special day, and we want to give all of our hardworking employees the chance to do this as well. We don’t want them having to worry about reporting to work that night. We’re putting all of our families first for a mere 24 hours so you can continue to receive exceptional service every other day you walk into our stores, because in my opinion, happy employees mean happy customers. There’s no denying the two go hand in hand. When you treat your employees with respect they take pride in their jobs and are glad to provide great customer service. This is something my dad instilled in me from the day he opened Stan’s back in 1950.

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