**Great Black Friday News** - 42 Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day!

October 25, 2016


For the last few years, stores have been opening up earlier and earlier, not allowing workers to spend time with their families on Thanksgiving. This makes me super happy! Although I really dislike the true events that happened to the Indians on Thanksgiving - a discussion that should be done on another post - It has evolved into a time to share with loved ones and create new memories. It's also the start of the holiday season!

These stores decided they will stay closed on Thanksgiving day. I hope the rest follow through with the same. In September, the news was released that GameStop, Home Depot, Lowes, Costco, BJ’s, Nordstrom, Jo-Ann, and Patagonia would be closed on Thanksgiving. Even though a large number of stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, many of them will have online sales.


*Please note that this post is meant to be a general outlook of what retailers will be closed as a whole on Thanksgiving across the country. This does not take into account Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine, where all stores are not open on Thanksgiving due to Blue Laws.*

Retailers Closed on Thanksgiving


  • A.C. Moore (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • AAFES
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware - Independently owned store
  • American Girl
  • AT&T (Customer Service Closed; Select Retail Locations Closed)
  • Barnes & Noble (Allow booksellers to spend time with family)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet (Allow employees to enjoy the holiday with their families)
  • Burlington (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Cabela’s (Retail closed; Call Centers Open)
  • Chico’s – All frontline boutiques
  • Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • DSW
  • GameStop (5 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Gardner-White Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Guitar Center
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • hhgregg
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • IKEA
  • Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America
  • Marshalls (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Mills Fleet Farm (Allow employees to spend the holiday with family and friends)
  • Navy Exchange
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom (non-store employees working )
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • Outdoor Research - Independently owned store
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Publix
  • Raymour and Flanigan Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • REI - Independently owned store
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • The Container Store
  • T.J. Maxx (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Tractor Supply
  • True Value - Independently owned store
  • Von Maur (9 a.m. Black Friday opening)
There you have it, guys! The long list of stores looks amazing. Can we add Macy's, Walmart, Target, Toys R' Us to that mix?

I enjoyed staying up looking at the sale ads for Black Friday and leaving at 4:00 am to get in line. No one wants to rush dinner and head out. It's no fun!

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