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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Stores Closed On Thanksgiving Day 2017

Despite the fact that many of the sales on Black Friday are now beginning on Thanksgiving Day, numerous stores are still reluctant to open their doors. Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 23, 2017, this year, and it is expected that more than 75 well-known retailers will be closed. In addition, some stores will even be closed on Black Friday.
Stores Closed On Thanksgiving Day 2017


Here is the official list of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2017. RushToStores.Online personally confirmed the closed status with a representative from each of these retailers, and the list will be updated every day, when more and more stores make a decision.

Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017 List

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • At Home
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cabela’s
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • 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
  • Music & Arts
  • Neiman Marcus
  • 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
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

As they do every year during the holiday shopping season, everything can drastically change. Some stores may decide to open on Thanksgiving this year, and other retailers may decide to close. As the REI showed a few years ago, there is even a chance that a major retailer or two decide to close on Black Friday, but we have doubts that this will be a note in 2017.

You can see our full list of Thanksgiving Day 2016 closures to find out which stores were closed last year.

Stores Closing Early On Thanksgiving

  • H-E-B

Most likely, the compromise, H-E-B, supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, will be open from 6 am to 2 pm. Thanksgiving Day. While employees still have to go for Thanksgiving, they will go home early to enjoy dinner with their family.

Stores Expected, But Not Yet Confirmed, To Close On Thanksgiving

It is expected that this year in Turkey the following stores will be closed. All these retailers have closed their doors over the past few years, so it is likely that they will make the same decision this year. Although we contacted representatives from each of these stores, we either did not receive an answer, or said that the decision was not yet final.
  • American Girl
  • AT&T
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Christmas Tree Shops
  • Dillard’s
  • Mall of America
  • Menards
  • Navy Exchange
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • REI
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Talbots

Why Are Stores Closing On Thanksgiving?

We ask retailers this question every year, and the answer is consistently the same in over 100 stores since 2013. The stores want to give their employees and customers the opportunity to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families without worrying about work and shopping. We admire these arguments and sincerely believe that non-essential workers should be able to spend vacations with their loved ones alone. In many cases, stores lose money, deciding to close Thanksgiving, which is delicious for the cause.

Regardless of our position, we are not mistaken in any retail store that decides to remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Some stores are in a better position to remain closed on Turkey Day than others, and sometimes potential sales lose too much. In many cases, workers are given the opportunity to work on Thanksgiving Day and are paid extra for volunteering for their time, which is a win-win for all participants.

What Do Americans Think About Stores Being Open on Thanksgiving?

From 26 to 27 September 2017, we conducted a survey of 523 adult Americans over the age of 18. We asked the question: "How do you feel about opening stores on Thanksgiving Day? Here are the results.

– Strongly Favor It: 5.60%
– Favor It: 10.62%
– Indifferent: 26.25%
– Dislike It: 20.66%
– Strongly Dislike It: 36.87%

This means that 57.53 percent of respondents do not like the idea of ​​opening stores on Thanksgiving Day. If 26.25% is indifferent, only 16.22% actually prefer opening.

As was shown in our shopping survey on Thanksgiving Day in 2016, 54.69% of Americans did not agree with the opening of stores on Thanksgiving Day last year. Of these, 54.69 percent, 37.72 percent strongly disliked him, which is more than a third of Americans. More than a quarter were indifferent, while only 17.96% of Americans had favorable views. In other words, less than 20 percent of Americans really loved the idea of ​​opening stores last year.

Will Any New Major Stores Close On Thanksgiving Day 2017?

Last year, everyone was surprised when HHGregg and the joint office of Depot & OfficeMax decided to close Thanksgiving. While it seemed that both stores started a new trend of closing, in fact it was not much more. Walmart, Best Buy, Kmart, Kohl's, Target, Sears, JCPenney and all other major retailers were open for Thanksgiving, and in many cases they occupied the most important part of their sales on Black Friday.

While Black Friday is still an important day for holiday shopping, Thanksgiving Day is the day most of the top door locks go on sale. For this reason, buyers are forced to leave their homes on Turkey Day, if they want to have a chance at the best prices. The good news is that many of the upper door locks are now available on the Internet, so we believe that you can succeed on Black Friday without having to wait in line for Thanksgiving.

Despite our intuition that none of the major retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, we will still confirm with each store early and often.

Thanksgiving Blue Laws

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine have blue laws that prohibit most retailers from opening up on Thanksgiving Day. Although there are certain exceptions (restaurants, gas stations, food stores), most of the major stores that we cover will be closed for Thanksgiving in these three states.

This creates a rush at about 12 am or 1 am in a Black Friday morning, which is comparable to how it used to be before the opening of Thanksgiving. If there is no abrupt change in the law in these states, we fully expect that the blue laws in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine will remain in place. Since the average opening time on Thanksgiving is about 5 pm or 6 pm, buyers in these states will have to wait another six or seven hours to start shopping.

Retail Store Thanksgiving Spending Is Decreasing

As reported by ShopperTrak at the end of last year's holiday season, there was a breakdown when he reached the pedestrian traffic on BlackFriday and Thanksgiving. Until last year, thanksgiving sales ate on BlackFriday due to the number of shops only in the store that were only available on Thursday. Since more of these top door locks were available on the Internet, buyers either bought online, or waited until Black Friday went to the place of the brick and mortar. When most Americans did not welcome the opening of Thanksgiving Day, they were no longer forced to shop on that day, which is a trend that we expect to continue in 2017.


As reported by Adobe, online sales grew on Thanksgiving Day last year, while spending amounted to 1.93 billion dollars, which is 11.5 percent more. While Americans do not like the idea of ​​going to brick and mortar sites to shop on Thanksgiving Day, online stores on Turkey Day look honest and are welcomed by compromise.

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