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73 Stores That Refuse to Open on Thanksgiving

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
October 25, 2017 · 12.3k Views

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In the past, just about everyone was able to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with their families – even those in the retail industry who are often forced to work irregular hours such as evening, weekends and overnight shifts. Very few people were expected to work on this day of family, food and giving thanks. In the past few years, that has changed. Black Friday isn’t enough for some retailers. They – and many consumers as well – want the deals to start earlier – like during Thanksgiving dinner. That’s because there are so many stores with Black Friday specials that it’s impossible to get to them all in just one day.

There is much debate about whether or not retailers should force employees to work on Thanksgiving. While it gives retailers an opportunity to capitalize on Americans’ desire to spend money during the holidays, it becomes a moral dilemma to many retailers. These merchants don’t feel right about making employees come in and work when they should be spending time with family. Is this right or wrong? At the end of the day, isn’t family more important than money?

Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are the only three states that require stores to close on holidays. That means that if you live in those states, don’t expect any Thanksgiving Day shopping specials.

Have the urge to shop ‘til you drop after polishing off your Thanksgiving dessert? Many national retailers like Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Macy’s, Sears and Kohl’s will be opening their doors on Turkey Day. So which stores won’t be opening their doors on Thanksgiving this year? The following retailers object to having their employees work on such a special holiday and will be closed.


73 Stores That Refuse to Open on Thanksgiving

*Click on the store links below if you want to see their 2016 Black Friday ad scans and see what kind of deals the retailer has typically offered in the past! You can also see pre-Thanksgiving ads, Cyber Monday ads, toy books for 2017, and more. 

  1. A.C. Moore

  2. AAFES

  3. Abt Electronics

  4. Academy Sports + Outdoors

  5. American Girl

  6. AT&T

  7. At Home

  8. Barnes & Noble

  9. Bed Bath & Beyond

  10. BJ’s Wholesale Club

  11. Blain’s Farm & Fleet

  12. Burlington Coat Factory

  13. Cabela’s

  14. Campmor

  15. Christmas Tree Shops

  16. Christopher & Banks

  17. Costco

  18. Cost Plus World Market

  19. Craft Warehouse

  20. Crate and Barrel

  21. Dillard’s

  22. DSW

  23. Ethan Allen

  24. Fred Meyer

  25. GameStop

  26. Gardner-White Furniture

  27. Guitar Center

  28. H&M

  29. Half Price Books

  30. HEB Stores

  31. Hobby Lobby

  32. Home Depot

  33. HomeGoods

  34. Homesense

  35. IKEA

  36. Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

  37. Jos. A. Bank

  38. La-Z-Boy (Corporate-owned stores)

  39. Lowe’s

  40. Mall of America

  41. Marshalls

  42. Mattress Firm

  43. Menards

  44. Micro Center

  45. Mills Fleet Farm

  46. Music & Arts

  47. Navy Exchange

  48. Neiman Marcus

  49. Nordstrom

  50. Nordstrom Rack

  51. Office Depot OfficeMax

  52. Outdoor Research (Closed on Black Friday as well)

  53. P.C. Richard & Son

  54. Party City

  55. Patagonia

  56. Petco

  57. PetSmart

  58. Pet Supplies Plus

  59. Pier 1 Imports

  60. Publix

  61. REI

  62. Raymour and Flanagan Furniture

  63. Sam’s Club

  64. Sierra Trading Post

  65. Sportsman's Warehouse

  66. Sprint (Corporate- and dealer-owned stores; mall kiosks may be open)

  67. Staples

  68. Sur La Table

  69. The Container Store

  70. T.J. Maxx

  71. Tractor Supply

  72. Von Maur

  73. West Marine

In addition to individual retailers closing on Thanksgiving, the largest mall, Mall of America, also plans to close this Thanksgiving. Shortly following their announcement, one of the major mall groups of the U.S., CBL & Associates, also revealed that they will be closing over 73 of their shopping centers on Thanksgiving this year. CBL & Associates malls are mainly situated in the South and Midwest.


Look for Black Friday Ads

While the 52 stores listed above won’t be open on Thanksgiving, most will be open on Black Friday, so you can still take advantage of some great deals – just not while your turkey is still digesting. Black Friday hours will be announced soon, but some stores may open earlier than usual, so be aware of that. In fact, the deals will likely be better earlier rather than later, so if Black Friday shopping is on your agenda, don’t delay.

Most stores will have their Black Friday ads available in early November so check those for offerings and hours or call the store directly. Better yet, you may be able to find Black Friday deals online without having to get up early, stand in line for hours and fight crowds


Two Sides to the Story

For some people, the holidays are the only times they get to see their families. For those without families, the holidays may be simply a sad reminder of their past. Therefore, they may jump at the chance to work extra hours and get paid double or even triple their normal hourly rate. As you can see, there are two sides to this debate.

What do you plan to do on November 24th? Will you be having dinner and spending time with family and friends? Or will you be standing in line waiting for your favorite store to open so you can grab some killer deals on toys, electronics, appliances and other holiday goodies?

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Linsay Thomas is a seasoned writer and editor who has written thousands of articles about topics such as saving money, healthcare, law, pets and education. She hails from California, where she lives with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. When she's not writing, she enjoys sports, breeding chocolate Labs and visiting the beach.
laz2210Nov 19, 2017
Bealls Outlet is also closed to give there employees time to spend with their families before the rich of the Christmas season while most of us will be working weekends n long hours that we don’t mind doing Bealls Outlet is a wonderful company and they take very good care of their employees so we at Bealls Outlet look forward to a great Christmas season God Bless you all.
hatchjoanneOct 27, 2016
I would love to see all stores closed on the holidays. The stores don't actually make more money over all since people only have a finite amount of money to spend. I had a retail store for 35 years and reserved holidays as private time. We all need time to recharge our batteries.