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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Thanks, but no sale: Local retailers won’t be open on holiday

While some consumers are signing Facebook pledges to refuse to shop on Thanksgiving, several Spokane store owners are keeping their doors shut on Nov. 28 to underline the same message: It’s a holiday, not a shopping day. Many large national retail chains have announced plans to open their doors on Thanksgiving evening to “Black Friday” shoppers looking for early bargains. But independent retailers contacted here say they won’t ruin a family holiday in order to generate more sales.

Stores seeing green

Spokane shoppers shed some of their inhibitions this Christmas season, cheering merchants recovering from a recession-shadowed 2009, and 2008’s winter wipeout. New businesses also said they were satisfied, or more.