Survey: More than 50% think stores should remain CLOSED on Thanksgiving

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The survey was posted on October 23rd and included 502 American adults over the age of 18. It was conducted online by SurveyMonkey on our behalf from October 2nd – 3rd.

According to the survey results, of the 54.69 percent (nearly 137 million Americans) who say stores should NOT open on Thanksgiving, 37.72 percent feel very strongly about that.

Just 17.69 percent feel stores SHOULD be open on Thanksgiving — so folks can get a jump on their Christmas shopping and take advantage of Black Friday deals.

Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they’re indifferent about Thanksgiving store openings/closings.

According to, Americans are expected to spend around $3.65 billion this year on Thanksgiving. That includes both online and offline shopping.

Feelings About Stores Opening on Thanksgiving by Age:

Interestingly, the survey results show that younger Americans are more likely to view Thanksgiving openings positively or indifferently. Older Americans mainly hate Thanksgiving openings. In fact, the majority of those who DO NOT want stores to open on Thanksgiving are between the ages of 30 and 44:

Those who strongly dislike or dislike Thanksgiving openings

– 18-29: 34.26 percent
– 30-44: 58.27 percent
– 45-59: 57.45 percent
– 60+: 65.6 Percent

Those who strongly favor or favor Thanksgiving openings

– 18-29: 35.81 percent
– 30-44: 14.96 percent
– 45-59: 16.31 percent
– 60+: 8.0 Percent

The survey asked people whether they, themselves will be shopping on Thanksgiving:

– 60.28 percent (nearly 151 million Americans) NOT shopping at all on Thanksgiving
– 13.57 percent only shopping online
– 14.37 percent only shopping in-store
– 11.78 percent shopping online and in-store

And here’s what shoppers who WILL hit the stores that are open on Thanksgiving plan to spend:

– 50.50 percent will spend $1-$100
– 21.56 percent will spend $101-$250
– 18.76 percent will spend $251-$500
– 5.19 percent will spend $501-$750
– 3.99 percent will spend $751 or more

Here is a complete list of stores that will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving, according to

  • A.C. Moore (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • American Girl
  • AT&T (Customer Service Closed; Select Retail Locations Closed)
  • Barnes & Noble (Allow booksellers to spend time with family)
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet (Allow employees to enjoy the holiday with their families)
  • Burlington (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Cabela’s (Retail closed; Call Centers Open)
  • Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • DSW
  • GameStop (5 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Gardner-White Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Guitar Center
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • hhgregg
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • IKEA
  • Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America
  • Marshalls (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Mills Fleet Farm (Allow employees to spend the holiday with family and friends)
  • Navy Exchange
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom (non-store employees working )
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • Outdoor Research
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Publix
  • Raymour and Flanigan Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • The Container Store
  • T.J. Maxx (Allow employees to spend time with family)
  • Tractor Supply
  • Von Maur (9 a.m. Black Friday opening)

Independently Owned Stores That May Close on Thanksgiving

Since the following stores are independently owned, each individual location will decide its Thanksgiving hours. We recommend calling your local store to find out if it will close on Thanksgiving.

  • Ace Hardware
  • True Value

Retailers Closed on Black Friday

Still not a common occurrence, here are the stores that will close their doors on Black Friday.

  • Outdoor Research

Mall of America is Closed, But There is a Catch

Mall of America will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. This means 1,300 employees will likely have the day off, but that could change if any of the over 500 individual stores decides to remain open. Certain mall employees — maintenance and security workers — will have to work if enough individual stores within the mall open their doors.

CLICK HERE for complete Thanksgiving Day shopping survey results via

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