75+ retailers already committed to closing on Thanksgiving Day

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People get an early start on Black Friday shopping deals at a Walmart Superstore on November 22, 2012 in Rosemead, California, as many retailers stayed opened during the Thanksgiving celebrations, evidence that even this cherished American family holiday is falling prey to the forces of commerce. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

MILWAUKEE — Thanksgiving is fast approaching — and has already compiled a list of stores that will not be open on the holiday.

Thanksgiving falls on November 23rd, 2017. According to, at this time, more than 75 stores will close their doors on Thanksgiving, and some will also be closed on Black Friday.

Below is the official list of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2017. personally confirmed the closed status with a representative from each of these retailers, and the list will be updated daily as more stores make their decision.

  • 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
  • Mills Fleet Farm
  • Music & Arts
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • 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
  • Sears Hometown Stores
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine notes that “as they do every year during the holiday shopping season, things can drastically change. Certain stores may decide to open on Thanksgiving this year, and other retailers may decide to close. As REI proved a few years ago, there is even a chance that a major retailer or two decides to close on Black Friday, but we have our doubts that it will be any of note in 2017.”

According to the website, H-E-B will be closing early on Thanksgiving.

They’ve also offered a list of stores expected to close on Thanksgiving — which haven’t yet been confirmed as closing:

  • 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
  • REI
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Talbots

Through their research, officials have found that the majority of stores that are closing are doing so to allow employees a chance to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families, noting that “in many cases, stores are losing money by deciding to close on Thanksgiving Day, which is admirable for the cause.”

Interestingly, website officials have discovered the following customer attitudes on stores being open on Thanksgiving:

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

That means 57.53 percent of respondents do not like the idea of stores opening on Thanksgiving. With 26.25 percent being indifferent, only 16.22 percent actually favor openings.

In some states, closing on the holiday is required by law.

According to, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine have blue laws that prohibit the majority of retailers from opening on Thanksgiving Day. While certain exceptions (restaurants, gas stations, food stores) exist, most of the major stores that we cover will be closed on Thanksgiving in those three states. This creates a rush at around midnight or 1:00 a.m. on Black Friday morning that is comparable to how things used to be before Thanksgiving openings became so popular.

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