Holiday Guide: All of the Big Name Stores Closed for Thanksgiving

November 14, 2017Nov 14, 2017

The holiday season is just around the corner and many people are preparing for an increase in family, food, and fun. A great debate has surrounded Thanksgiving over the past several years regarding the hours of operation for grocery stores and retailers.


Many people believe that every store needs to be shut down on the family-oriented holiday so that the workers can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner of their own. Those against open stores also say that the spirit of gratitude can be overtaken by consumerism if shopping becomes a priority. 

Others believe that stores should be open for the convenience of it. What if someone needs a last-minute grocery item that will make or break their famous mashed potatoes recipe? Additionally, advocates for Thanksgiving hours bring up the fact that workers would most likely receive holiday-pay, and thus may actually want to work on the holiday. 

This year, Best Black Friday has provided a list of the stores that have confirmed they will be shut down for Thanksgiving. Some are even staying closed for Black Friday as well. Below is the list. 

A.C. Moore
Abt Electronics
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ace Hardware
At Home
Babies R Us
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blain’s Farm and Fleet
Cost Plus World Market
Craft Warehouse
Crate and Barrel
DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
Ethan Allen
Gardner-White Furniture
Guitar Center
Half Price Books
Harbor Freight
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
Jos. A. Bank
La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
Mattress Firm
Micro Center
Mills Fleet Farm
Music & Arts
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom Rack
Office Depot and OfficeMax
Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
P.C. Richard & Son
Party City
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
REI (closed Black Friday too)
Sam’s Club
Sears Hometown Stores
Sears Outlet
Shoe Carnival
Sierra Trading Post
Sportsman’s Warehouse
Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
Stein Mart
Sur La Table
The Container Store
The Original Mattress Factory
TJ Maxx
Tractor Supply
Von Maur
West Marine

The guide also included stores that are expected to be closed but have yet to confirm. Below is that list:

American Girl
Barnes & Noble
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Bed Bath & Beyond
Christmas Tree Shops
Mall of America
Navy Exchange
Saks Fifth Avenue

According to a recent survey, most Americans believe that stores should be closed on Thanksgiving. When asked how they felt about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day, 36.87% said they strongly dislike it, 20.66% said they dislike it, 26.25% were indifferent, 10.62% said they favor it, and 5.60% said they strongly favor it.

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