Opening on the holiday "simply not worth it:" Blain's Farm and Fleet CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day

JANESVILLE (WITI) -- Blain's Farm and Fleet has announced it will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

The company says the decision is in keeping with tradition and honoring its valued associated and their families.

Blain’s Farm and Fleet is family owned and operated by Jane Blain Gilbertson, daughter of co-founder Bert Blain and his brother, Claude. The company was established in 1955.

Gilbertson issued the following comments in a statement to FOX6 News:

“We are a company with great history -- just shy of 60 years now. And it is my job to ensure the right balance of honoring our historical practices with certain contemporary trends. One of those current trends chosen by many of our competitors is to have their associates work on Thanksgiving. But as the owner of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, I know that kind of decision would impact the more than 4,000 families who support our company year round. It’s simply not worth it. So we will continue to honor our past…and our associates on this day by keeping our doors closed on Thanksgiving. Our hope is that our associates will enjoy the holiday with their families and friends.

We love what we do and we love who we get to do it with here. We take great pride in the opportunities our customers give us each day. So, we’re hopeful that customers will understand when we treat these special holidays a bit differently. We have much to be thankful for…great communities, great opportunities, great customers and great associates who continue to build our great company. And that is, after all, what Thanksgiving is about, giving thanks.

So we’ll be ready, well fed and well rested when we open our doors Black Friday, November 28 at 6:00AM! We wish you all a beautiful Thanksgiving and thanks for your understanding. We’ll be worth the wait.”

Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores are specialty discount retailers with 36 retail stores throughout Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin and online at The company remains steadfast in its commitment to offering customers high quality products, competitive prices and reliable service.

Blain's Farm & Fleet has a "Thanksgiving Values" sale running from November 13th through November 23rd. CLICK HERE to shop the sale online.