47 Stores (And Counting) That Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving Day

We’ve all seen the creeping of Black Friday shopping. First it started around 6 a.m. or so the day after Thanksgiving, right? Then, like some inexorable shopping countdown, it moved to 3 a.m… then 2 a.m… then 1 a.m… and then midnight. Recently, more and more stores have decided to be open on Thanksgiving.

While some may say this is a way to lessen the frenzy of Black Friday, others see it as the big corporations depriving their hard-working associates of a traditional holiday in advance of a tremendously stressful (and profitable) day-after.

The massive Mall of America in Minnesota just announced that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. This means all Mall employees—those who run the movie theaters, amusement park and the like—will be off on Thanksgiving. This doesn’t, however, ensure that all the retail stores within the mall will be closed, but mall executives assume the individual stores will follow suit and close for the day.

Some stores that close may be doing so in order to garner favorable public opinion. And, if that’s what it takes in order to give employees back this holiday, then so be it.

The 45 stores (and counting) stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving* include:

  1. A.C. Moore
  2. American Girl
  3. AT&T (Customer Service Closed; Select Retail Locations Closed)
  4. Barnes & Noble
  5. Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
  6. BJ’s Wholesale Club
  7. Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  8. Burlington
  9. Cabela’s
  10. Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
  11. Costco
  12. Crate and Barrel
  13. Dillard’s
  14. GameStop (5 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  15. Gardner-White Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  16. Guitar Center
  17. HHGregg
  18. Hobby Lobby
  19. Home Depot
  20. HomeGoods
  21. IKEA
  22. Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
  23. Lowe’s
  24. Mall of America
  25. Marshalls
  26. Mattress Firm
  27. Menards
  28. Men’s Wearhouse
  29. Mills Fleet Farm
  30. Neiman Marcus
  31. Nordstrom (non-store employees working )
  32. Nordstrom Rack
  33. Office Depot
  34. Outdoor Research
  35. P.C. Richard & Son
  36. Patagonia
  37. Petco
  38. PetSmart
  39. Pier 1 Imports
  40. Publix
  41. Raymour and Flanagan Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  42. Sam’s Club
  43. Sierra Trading Post
  44. Staples
  45. The Container Store
  46. T.J. Maxx
  47. Tractor Supply
  48. Von Maur (9 a.m. Black Friday opening)

Be sure to check back, as we will be updating this list as we learn of other retailers and national chain stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving this year.

*Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine are required by Blue laws, to close all their stores on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Click HERE to see the list of 42+ stores that were closed on Thanksgiving in 2015.

Photo by khawkins04