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More Stores Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving & Black Friday This Year

After years of stores opening their doors earlier and earlier during the holiday, it looks like some are now encouraging family time over sale-scouring. 

More Stores Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving & Black Friday This Year

For the last few years, it seems the trend has been for certain retail stores to open earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving Day. In fact, some stores have opened so early that it almost seems like they're encouraging consumers to forget about family togetherness and just go nab a deeply discounted TV. This year, it looks like the tide has turned -- at least when it comes to some stores.

Today.com reports that more well-known retailers than ever are going to be closed on all (or at least most) of Thanksgiving Day. Some are even staying closed on Friday, too. (Now, that's truly gasp-worthy, right?)

“I’m expecting 70 to 80 stores to close on Thanksgiving, with key stores this year to include Home Depot, Nordstrom, Staples, Sam’s Club, Costco and (likely) Lowe’s. There’s also speculation on some Black Friday websites about other retailers yet to announce,” online shopping expert Brent Shelton told the site.

According to BestBlackFriday.com, this is the most current, official list of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day:

A.C. Moore
Abt Electronics
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Ace Hardware
At Home
Babies R Us
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blain’s Farm and Fleet
Burlington
Cost Plus World Market
Costco
Craft Warehouse
Crate and Barrel
Dillard’s
dressbarn
DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
Ethan Allen
Gardner-White Furniture
Guitar Center
H&M
Half Price Books
Harbor Freight
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
HomeGoods
Homesense
IKEA
JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
Jos. A. Bank
La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
Lowe’s
Marshalls
Mattress Firm
Micro Center
Mills Fleet Farm
Music & Arts
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom
Nordstrom Rack
Office Depot and OfficeMax
Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
P.C. Richard & Son
Party City
Patagonia
Petco
PetSmart
Pier 1 Imports
Publix
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)
Staples
Stein Mart
Sur La Table
The Container Store
The Original Mattress Factory
TJ Maxx
Tractor Supply
Trollbeads
Von Maur
West Marine

The site also noted that Sears Hometown Stores, Stein Mart and Shoe Carnival were open on Turkey Day last year, but they're closing up shop this year. There are also stores that have yet to make their official announcement about their holiday hours, which include:

American Girl
AT&T
Barnes & Noble
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bloomingdale’s
Christmas Tree Shops
Mall of America
Menards
Navy Exchange
Saks Fifth Avenue
Talbots 

It's heartening to hear that many of the stores keeping their doors closed for the holiday (like IKEA and REI) are doing so because they want their employees to be able to enjoy the day with their loved ones. Cheers to that. No sale is worth scrapping valuable time with family.