Many Stores Won’t Open on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on Monday, October 9th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Thanksgiving DinnerDo you prefer to shop on Thanksgiving Day, or stay home with family and friends? In the past few years, the trend was for stores to start their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day.

This year, things are changing, and many stores will not open on Thanksgiving Day. It is too early to predict what effect that will have on this year’s Black Friday sales.

The Denver Post reported that fewer Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year than in previous years. Only thirty-five percent of consumers who plan to shop during Thanksgiving week say they will do so on Black Friday, down fifty-one percent from last year, and fifty-nine percent from the year before.

Fewer people are shopping the Black Friday sales. Last year, 154 million Americans shopped during Thanksgiving weekend, marking a thirty-two percent decline from 2011. Those number comes from the National Retail Federation.

Best Black Friday, a website that provides updated information about Black Friday Sales, reported the results of a survey they conducted from September 26-27 of 2017. A total of 523 American adults over the age of 18 were asked a question. “How do you feel about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day?”

The results showed that 57.53 percent of respondents do not like the idea of stores opening on Thankgiving. That number combines the 20.66% of respondents who said they dislike stores opening on Thanksgiving, and the 36.87% of respondents who said they “strongly dislike it”.

The Sacramento Bee is one of several news sources that have a list of at least 50 stores that will not open their doors on Thanksgiving Day. Here are some of the big name stores that have said they will not be open on Thanksgiving Day. This information could help you when you start planning out Black Friday/Thanksgiving Day shopping.

  • Blane’s Farm and Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Ethan Allen
  • Guitar Center
  • Half Price Books
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshall’s
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Staples
  • The Container Store
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply

Keep in mind that things could change as we get closer to the Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales. It is possible that additional stores will join the list of those that will not open on Thanksgiving Day. We are also likely to see a list of stores that confirm that they will be open and starting their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Thursday.

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