10 Major Retailers Closed for Thanksgiving This Year

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For years, millions of Americans used Thanksgiving Day as an excuse to shop until they dropped. But recently, people have begun to question whether snagging a toaster at a dirt-cheap price is worth sacrificing precious time with loved ones.

Last year, some of the biggest names in retail picked up on this changing attitude and decided not to open on the holiday. And that was no pandemic-related fluke, it turns out.

Once again, some key retailers that have been open for business on Thanksgiving in the recent past will stay closed for the holiday this year.

Following is a list of where you will have to wait until Black Friday to score deals for which you can be grateful.


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Target says its decision to remain closed last Thanksgiving was overwhelmingly popular with customers. So, the retailer will repeat the practice in 2021.

But come Black Friday, which falls on Nov. 26, it will be business as usual. Stop by the retailer’s website to learn more about its Black Friday hours and deals. And before you shop, check out “8 Things I Always Buy at Target.”

Dick’s Sporting Goods

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In years past, Dick’s stores generally were open for the holiday, with limited evening hours. But for the second consecutive year, Dick’s will be closed on Turkey Day.

Most Dick’s stores will open from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Black Friday.


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For the second straight year, Walmart stores will not open on Thanksgiving. The retail titan says the closure is “a ‘thank you’ to associates for their continued hard work during the pandemic.”

If you are planning a trip to Walmart for holiday fixings, we’ve got “9 Ways Anyone Can Save Even More at Walmart.”


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Kohl’s closed last year on Thanksgiving. Like Target, it cites positive customer feedback on last year’s decision — along with “evolving preferences in how and when customers want to shop during the holiday season” — for its decision to close again this year.

Like most other retailers, Kohl’s will open early the next day (5 a.m.) for shoppers to get a jump on Black Friday deals. You can learn more about the retailer’s Black Friday plans on its website.

Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby and Harmon Face Values

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Bed Bath & Beyond will close for a second consecutive Thanksgiving, although — as with other retailers on this list — you will be able to shop online on Nov. 25.

In addition, its sister chains Buy Buy Baby and Harmon Face Values also will be closed this Thanksgiving.

Best Buy

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While Best Buy will close on Thanksgiving, it is getting a big jump on Black Friday. The retailer started offering early Black Friday deals back on Oct. 19 and will kick off its Black Friday sale on Nov. 19.

Remember, Best Buy has one of the better loyalty programs out there: We cite it in “11 Retailers That Give You Rewards on Every Purchase.”


Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
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Macy’s annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City historically marks the start of the holiday season for many Americans. But the retailer again will close its doors on Thanksgiving.

As for Black Friday, check out Macy’s website for more details, including deals that already are underway.

J.C. Penney

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J.C. Penney will close on Thanksgiving, but the longtime retailer will open at 5 a.m. the next day. Check out the J.C. Penney website for more Black Friday plans.

Many other retailers

REI store
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The retailers listed above are Johnny-come-latelies to the idea of closing on Thanksgiving. Plenty of other retailers — such as BJ’s Wholesale Club and REI — have been closed on Turkey Day for many years now.

So, if you plan to shop on Thanksgiving, call your favorite retailers in the coming weeks find out whether they will be open on Turkey Day.

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