“Black Friday” deals are no longer confined to Black Friday. While families enjoy time together and feast this Thanksgiving, many of America's largest retail chains will open their doors to lure shoppers with early sales, and millions of shoppers will flock to the stores.
In a few states, though, so-called blue laws prohibit stores from opening on holidays. And some companies have begun pushing back against the pressure to start the holiday-shopping season early, likely responding to public unhappiness over holiday hours or seeing an opportunity to burnish a family-friendly image. Here are 25 stores that close on Thanksgiving so workers can stay home and enjoy the holiday.
American Girl's U.S. retail stores close for Thanksgiving. The purveyor of dolls and other goods for girls has shut down on Thanksgiving every year since it opened in 1986.
The more than 500 gleaming Apple retail stores nationwide will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
Barnes & Noble
There are more than 600 Barnes & Noble bookstores in all 50 states, and they'll all be closed on Thanksgiving.
Bed, Bath & Beyond
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
BJ's Wholesale Club has more than 200 locations in 15 states. They will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
Costco will close its 528 U.S. locations for Thanksgiving. Doors open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday for shoppers eager to buy gifts from Costco.
Crate and Barrel
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. Some stores may open at 8 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.
Those who want to rock on Thanksgiving will have to wait until Black Friday. Guitar Center’s 260 stores will not be open on the holiday.
The arts and crafts chain with more than 800 stores in 47 states will close on Thanksgiving and open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
The home improvement chain, which has more than 2,200 retail locations 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 700 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
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.
Lowe's, which has more than 2,300 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 42 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.
Like Home Depot and Lowe's, the home improvement store Menards will be closed, but its 300-plus locations will reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Not only is the retailer closing its more than 300 high-end department stores and Nordstrom Rack stores on Thanksgiving, but Nordstrom historically doesn't put up holiday window displays until Black Friday.
Office Depot and OfficeMax
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 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
Patagonia's outdoorsy retail stores and its outlets, mail-order customer service, and warehouses all close for Thanksgiving. Look for doors to open again on Black Friday.
Pier 1 Imports
About 1,000 Pier 1 store locations will close on Thanksgiving and open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
As on Easter and Christmas, Publix closes its more than 1,200 supermarkets on Thanksgiving — a tradition the company has upheld for more than 80 years. Black Friday finds the stores back on their typical schedules, with most locations opening at 7 a.m.
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.
Like the other warehouse membership clubs, Sam’s Club, which is part of the Walmart empire, is also closed on Thanksgiving Day. Doors will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
More than 1,300 Staples stores in the United States will be closed on Thanksgiving, then open at 7 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.