Dozens of Stores Closing on Thanksgiving

Shopping on Turkey Day is a polarizing subject. Whether you enjoy early Black Friday sales or detest retailers who open on Thanksgiving, here's what you need to know.

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Many brick-and-mortar stores will again close for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In September, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Staples were among the first to publicly announce their closures.

Both chains were closed on Thanksgiving 2016, too. BJ’s noted that this will be the 11th consecutive year its clubs will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Off-price department store chain Stein Mart has also publicly announced its Thanksgiving closure — although the decision is an about-face. Last year, Stein Mart kicked off its Black Friday sale on Thanksgiving, with stores open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the holiday.

CEO Hunt Hawkins explained:

“For 2017 we have chosen to return to our Stein Mart family tradition of not opening our stores on Thanksgiving Day. We are very pleased to give back this important time to our associates.”

Sites like BestBlackFriday.com and TheBlackFriday.com, which are devoted to Black Friday sales events, recently reported on other stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving. The major chains include:

  • A.C. Moore
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Burlington
  • Costco
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Half Price Books
  • Hobby Lobby
  • HomeGoods
  • Ikea
  • Jo-Ann Stores
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Sam’s Club
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • The Home Depot
  • T.J. Maxx

Stores that will be open on Thanksgiving

As was the case last year, Macy’s was among the first retailers to make headlines for its plans to be open on Thanksgiving.

Last month, a Macy’s spokesperson told CNBC:

“As we do every year, we surveyed our store associates well in advance, giving them an opportunity to tell us their preferences, and we staff Thanksgiving with associates who volunteer. Additionally, associates who work any shift on Thanksgiving Day will be compensated with overtime pay.”

Video game chain GameSpot has also confirmed to media that it will open on Thanksgiving — which marks a change from prior years.

How do you feel about retailers opening on Thanksgiving? Will you shop on the holiday? Let us know below or on our Facebook page.

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