Patagonia plans to close temporarily for a quick break after the holidays.
The outdoor brand said its stores and offices in the United States and Canada will close starting Dec. 25 and will reopen Jan. 2.
Patagonia noted that while its e-commerce site will remain open for business, expect delivery delays as no orders will be shipped during the closure time period.
In a brief statement about this move, Patagonia said it wants to “do its best to not be bound by convention and to look out for people and the planet. We’re giving employees a break this holiday season with some paid time off.”
This move ups the ante on employee time off. Many larger retailers opted to shut their doors for Thanksgiving – which bucked the pre-pandemic trend of Turkey Day holiday shopping hours. Walmart, Kohl’s, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Foot Locker, Macy’s, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond and REI all shut down on Thanksgiving this year.
Patagonia also was one of the first major U.S. retailers to close during the onset of COVID-19. By Friday, March 13, 2020, Patagonia’s stores, offices and other operations were closed to protect its workers. While many companies by this time had implemented work-from-home policies, most retailers were keeping their stores open.