Thanksgiving Store Hours: Are Any Stores Open on Thanksgiving This Year?

If you were planning to go out shopping after your big meal, you may need to rethink your plan.

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With Black Friday just days away, you may be left wondering if any stores are going to be open for Thanksgiving shopping before the Black Friday deals officially drop. Those wanting to shop the various sales in stores will need to be aware of the extended opening hours on Black Friday itself, though in recent years several major retailers have taken to closing up shop on Thanksgiving to give employees a chance to spend time with their loved ones. For those still wanting to shop, we've got the skinny on all of the stores closed on Thanksgiving to help you avoid disappointment. 

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Several online sales have already begun, such as Best Buy's early Black Friday sale and a similar campaign from Target, so there's less of a need to ditch your family on Thanksgiving in order to line up outside your favorite big box store than ever. Not to mention the many Amazon Black Friday deals available already. That being said, some buyers still like the in-store experience around Black Friday. Shopping on Thanksgiving this year won't offer as great a choice of outlets as a few years ago might have with all of the below retailers having confirmed they will be shut for the holiday. 

We'll go through all of the retailers that have confirmed whether they will be open or closed this Thanksgiving so you can plan your Black Friday shopping accordingly. Once you know which stores to hit up and which to avoid on Thanksgiving, take a look at our guides on Black Friday opening hours, online vs. in-store deals, as well as our the top tips for preparing for Black Friday.  

Stores that are closed on Thanksgiving

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Many retailers have chosen to remain closed on Thanksgiving in recent years. The holiday shopping season -- particularly Black Friday weekend -- is an incredibly busy time and I'm sure we can all agree that retail staff deserve some time off. The trend of closing up shop on Thanksgiving is continuing in 2022 with almost all of the major retailers declaring that they will indeed be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Here's a look at some of the most important closures to be aware of:

  • Apple
  • Ashley Furniture
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Belk
  • Best Buy
  • BJ's
  • Costco
  • DSW
  • Gap
  • Home Depot
  • Homesense
  • JCPenny
  • Kohl's
  • Lowe's
  • Macy's
  • Michaels
  • Nordstrom
  • Old Navy
  • Petco
  • Petsmart
  • Publix
  • REI
  • Sam's Club
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Trader Joe's
  • Ulta
  • Walmart

Though the physical retail stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, you can, of course, continue to shop online during this time with many Black Friday sales launching digitally on or before Thanksgiving. 

Stores that will open on Thanksgiving

A few retailers are bucking the trend of closing on Thanksgiving and have declared that they will be open on the holiday, though hours may be shorter and could vary by location. These include: 

  • ACME
  • CVS
  • Dollar General
  • Kroger
  • Meijer
  • Rite Aid
  • Sears
  • Walgreens
  • Whole Foods

For more tips ahead of the holiday shopping season, why not check out our guides on how to avoid shipping feessave on electronics and send surprise holiday gifts via Amazon?