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. 

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.

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. MooreAbt ElectronicsAcademy Sports + OutdoorsAce HardwareAt HomeBabies R UsBJ’s Wholesale ClubBlain’s Farm and FleetBurlingtonCost Plus World MarketCostcoCraft WarehouseCrate and BarrelDillard’sdressbarnDSW – Designer Shoe WarehouseEthan AllenGardner-White FurnitureGuitar CenterH&MHalf Price BooksHarbor FreightHobby LobbyHome DepotHomeGoodsHomesenseIKEAJOANN Fabric and Craft StoresJos. A. BankLa-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)Lowe’sMarshallsMattress FirmMicro CenterMills Fleet FarmMusic & ArtsNeiman MarcusNordstromNordstrom RackOffice Depot and OfficeMaxOutdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)P.C. Richard & SonParty CityPatagoniaPetcoPetSmartPier 1 ImportsPublixRaymour & Flanigan FurnitureREI (closed Black Friday too)Sam’s ClubSears Hometown StoresSears OutletShoe CarnivalSierra Trading PostSportsman’s WarehouseSprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)StaplesStein MartSur La TableThe Container StoreThe Original Mattress FactoryTJ MaxxTractor SupplyTrollbeadsVon MaurWest 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 GirlAT&TBarnes & NobleBig 5 Sporting GoodsBed Bath & BeyondBloomingdale’sChristmas Tree ShopsMall of AmericaMenardsNavy ExchangeSaks Fifth AvenueTalbots 

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. 

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