Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate what we are thankful for while surrounded by family and friends. This year the holiday might look a little different as many are preparing to travel, while also trying to adhere to updated safety guidelines. AGRR magazine reached out to a number of U.S. readers to learn how Thanksgiving will be observed and if customers should look for upcoming promotions.
Dan Knowlton, CEO and president of K&K Glass located in Florida, said his company will be observing the Thanksgiving holiday and every staff member within the organization will have the day off. “We will be open with normal hours on that Friday after the holiday (November 27th) but with reduced staff,” said Knowlton.
Korey Gobin, Delta Kits sales manager, said Delta Kits will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST on Friday.
Dell Skluzak, owner of PipeKnife Company, said Thanksgiving is a paid holiday for his full-time staff. This company is closed on Friday, but if an employee wants to work they are welcome to, according to Skluzak. “We will have a small reception Wednesday afternoon for those that are still in the shop prior to closing early,” said Skluzak.
Holiday promotions have already started for some in the industry, which included Delta Kits.
“We have a sale from Thanksgiving to end of day Monday November 30, 2020 on a number of items,” said Gobin.
But not every business will be offering Thanksgiving promotions, as working in the community and offering deals year-round has now become a bigger priority.
“We aren’t running a specific promotion for Thanksgiving per se, but this year COVID-19 has reminded us just how vital our relationships are with our customers are in our communities – both online and locally,” said Knowlton. “We want to show our thanks and support for our community by giving back all year round.”
Knowlton’s company recently completed a Health Fair and Blood Drive that awarded participants with more than $850 in gift cards and prizes. Many of K&K Glass’s staff volunteer with multiple charities. “We believe that being engaged in your community is extremely important and impactful,” he added.
Although this year has had its fair share of adjustments, all three auto glass professionals shared some of what they are thankful for.
“We are grateful, thankful, and blessed for our customers and appreciate their confidence in us,” said Gobin. “I’m not sure how our company got this lucky, but we have a top-notch group of employees.”
“Our company is thankful that all of our employees and their families have stayed healthy, that our business grew during 2020 and we have been able to offer stable employment for our staff,” said Skluzak. “We also are so thankful for our customers and end-users who have stayed with us and provided opportunities for growth of our business.”
“Thanksgiving is that time of year where there is a lot of reflection and giving of thanks to customers and staff for a successful year – but in 2020 you can be grateful to continue to be in business,” said Knowlton. “This has been a tough year for everyone in some shape or fashion. K&K Glass was fortunate to not have had to lay off staff or shut down at all during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely grateful for our staff and the work we have been able to provide to all of our customers this year. We are proud to be ninth largest auto glass retailer in the US and we will continue to grow. Those alone are three huge reasons we are thankful.”