25 Stores That Won't Be Open on Thanksgiving Day
"Black Friday" deals are no longer confined to Black Friday. While families feast and enjoy time together this Thanksgiving, many of America's largest retail brands will open their doors to lure shoppers with early sales. According to a National Retail Federation survey, more than a third of consumers shopped on Thanksgiving in 2015 (many online). In a few states, though, so-called blue laws prohibit stores from opening on holidays. And some companies push back against the pressure to start the retail season early, likely seeing an opportunity to burnish a family-friendly image or responding to public unhappiness over holiday hours. Here are 25 stores that close on Thanksgiving so workers can stay home and enjoy the holiday.
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American Girl's U.S. retail stores and its seasonal locations and kiosks, as well as its corporate headquarters, close for Thanksgiving. The purveyor of dolls and other goods for girls has shut down on Thanksgiving every year since it opened in 1986.
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The nearly 500 gleaming Apple retail stores nationwide will stay closed on Thanksgiving but open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
There are more than 600 Barnes & Noble bookstores in all 50 states, and they'll all be closed on Thanksgiving.
Bed, Bath & Beyond has grown to more than 1,000 locations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada. Doors are closed on Thanksgiving except at certain locations (including Canadian stores) and open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
BJ's Wholesale Club's more than 200 locations in 15 states will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
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For more than five decades, the furniture and lifestyle brand has closed its doors on Thanksgiving. The tradition continues this year at Crate and Barrel, CB2, and Land of Nod stores. Some stores may open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday.
Dillard's opts to close its department stores in 29 states on Thanksgiving so associates can spend time with friends and family.
DSW has a long tradition of closing the doors on Thanksgiving at its 500 stores in 43 states. The shoe purveyor opened at 7 a.m. last year on Black Friday.
The video game retailer's more than 5,000 bricks-and-mortar locations in the United States will be closed on Thanksgiving this year, but the Black Friday sales start bright and early at 5 a.m.
The arts and crafts chain with more than 700 stores in 47 states will close on Thanksgiving and open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday.
The home improvement chain, which has more than 2,000 retail stores in North America, will close its U.S. stores on Thanksgiving. The chain opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
The home furnishing chain gives workers at more than 500 stores in 45 states and Puerto Rico a day off on Thanksgiving. Some stores may open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores have never opened on Thanksgiving Day, but the retailer has already launched its Black Friday deals. Doors open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday at more than 850 stores in 49 states -- but stay open only until noon.
Lowe's, which has more than 2,000 home improvement stores across North America, will shutter its stateside stores on Thanksgiving. They're expected to open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
More than 1,000 Marshalls stores in 46 states and Puerto Rico will close on Thanksgiving. Most of the off-price clothing and home goods stores have opened at 7 a.m. (or earlier) in past years on Black Friday.
Continuing a 29-year tradition, Mattress Firm will close its more than 3,500 company-operated stores nationwide on Thanksgiving Day.
Not only do Nordstrom's more than 300 high-end department stores and Nordstrom Rack stores close on Thanksgiving, but the retailer historically doesn't put up holiday window displays until Black Friday.
Black Friday deals from these sibling office supply stores start at 12:01 a.m. EST on Thanksgiving, but stores nationwide are closed for the day. They open for business at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Patagonia's outdoorsy retail stores and its outlets, mail-order customer service, and warehouses all close for Thanksgiving. But unlike last year, when Patagonia said "no" to Black Friday, look for doors to open at 10 a.m. on Nov. 25.
About 1,000 Pier 1 store locations will close on Thanksgiving. The chain's Black Friday gift and home decor deals start online on Thanksgiving Day, while Black Friday hours vary by location.
As on Easter and Christmas, Publix closes its more than 1,000 supermarkets on Thanksgiving -- a tradition the company has upheld for more than 80 years. Black Friday finds the stores back on their typical schedules, opening at 7 a.m. at most locations.
REI is not only closing its 149 locations on Thanksgiving, it's also closing on Black Friday. The outdoor store is paying its employees and encouraging people to do something active instead of shopping with its #OptOutside campaign.
More than 1,300 Staples stores in the United States will be closed on Thanksgiving, then open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Shoppers hunting for bargains at T.J. Maxx must wait until 7 a.m. on Black Friday to get their retail style fix at the chain's 1,000-plus stores nationwide.