Walmart, JCPenney, and Other Major Stores That Will Close on Thanksgiving This Year

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Walmart Optimizes Prices


That mad holiday dash to Walmart for a cheap 4K TV will have to wait. Its roughly 5,000 stores will be closed on Thanksgiving this year, a change Walmart announced in July. The company has not yet said whether it will open on Black Friday, the deal-heavy day after Thanksgiving that has prompted shoppers to camp out on sidewalks and scuffle over coveted items. Walmart-owned Sam's Club will also be closed, as it has been in years past. Earlier this month, Walmart said it would require all customers to wear masks, regardless of state or local mandates. The policy touched off a wave of similar announcements from other retailers.

Related: How Shopping at Walmart Has Changed During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Kohl's Price-Match Policy


Typically a reliable source of Thanksgiving Day doorbusters, Kohl's will also stay closed on Thanksgiving, the company has announced. Citing the "importance of safety and convenience," Kohl's is pledging to adapt to the unusual holiday shopping season and is reminding customers of alternatives to in-store shopping including curbside pickup and the Kohl's app.

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Dick's Sporting Goods

All Dick's stores and distribution centers will be closed this Thanksgiving, the sporting goods chain recently announced. Sister chains Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream will be closed, too. Dick's is also extending a 15% employee pay bump through the end of the year.

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond also says it will keep its doors closed on Thanksgiving this year. The decision applies to sister chains Buy Buy Baby, Christmas Tree Shops, Harmon Face Values, and Cost Plus World Market, too. Like other retailers, it is pledging to offer more convenient shopping options throughout the holiday season, including two-hour in-store pickup and contactless curbside pickup.


Other Retailers to Watch

Though they haven't made formal announcements about their 2020 plans, the following major retailers have been open on Thanksgiving in recent years:

  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Big Lots
  • Cabela's
  • DSW
  • GameStop
  • Macy's
  • Michaels
  • Old Navy
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Retailers Typically Closed on Thanksgiving

The retailers on this list are among the many chains that usually stay closed on Thanksgiving. Don't expect this to be the year they change course.

  • Apple
  • Barnes & Noble
  • BJ's
  • Costco
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • Home Goods
  • Ikea
  • Lowe's
  • Nordstrom
  • Office Depot/OfficeMax
  • REI
  • Sam's Club
  • T.J. Maxx