42 Stores (And Counting) That Won’t Be Open On Thanksgiving

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Now that November has arrived, our focus has shifted from the pumpkins and costumes of Halloween to another favorite fall holiday: Thanksgiving. It’s an American tradition in which families get together to enjoy each other’s company, food, football and – shopping?

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As recent Black Friday sales have stores opening earlier and earlier on the holiday, there are a select handful of retailers who have decided to go against the grain and keep their doors closed.

It all started with Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), who not only decided to close on Thanksgiving – they are also paying their employees to take off on Black Friday.

“We think Black Friday has gotten out of hand and so we are choosing to invest in helping people get outside with loved ones this holiday season, over spending it in the aisles,” said REI chief executive Jerry Strirzke in a recent news release.

Other retailers have started following the example of the outdoor store, with more and more businesses choosing to close shop on Thanksgiving.

So far, here’s the list of stores that have announced they won’t be open on the holiday (but will reopen on Black Friday, besides REI) according to bestblackfriday.com:

  1. A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts
  2. Ace Hardware
  3. AT&T
  4. Bed Bath & Beyond
  5. BJ’S Wholesale Club
  6. Cabela’s
  7. Christmas Tree Shops
  8. Christopher & Banks
  9. Costco
  10. Crate and Barrel
  11. Dillard’s
  12. DSW
  13. Gamestop
  14. Gardner-White Furniture
  15. Guitar Center
  16. Half Price Books
  17. Harbor Freight
  18. Hobby Lobby
  19. Home Depot
  20. HomeGoods
  21. IKEA
  22. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  23. Lowe’s
  24. Marshalls
  25. Mattress Firm
  26. Neiman Marcus
  27. Nordstrom
  28. Patagonia
  29. P.C. Richard & Son
  30. Petco
  31. PetSmart
  32. Pier 1 Imports
  33. Publix
  34. REI
  35. Saks Fifth Avenue
  36. Sam’s Club
  37. Sierra Trading Post
  38. Staples
  39. T.J. Maxx
  40. The Container Store
  41. Tractor Supply
  42. Von Maur

Stay tuned – this list will be updated as more announcements from major retailers are made.

Photo by Ben Husmann