Black Friday is no longer a one-day shopping event, as retailers in recent years have gotten their sales started early by opening on Thanksgiving Day. But while many stores will be letting in eager holiday shoppers this Thursday, not all major retailers will be following their lead.
Target, Wal-Mart, Macy's and Best Buy are among the major chains who have extended their Black Friday hours to Thursday, with many stores opening in the early evening around 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. Others, meanwhile, have made the decision to remain closed, giving store employees the chance to take the day off and spend the entire holiday with their loved ones. Most prominently, sporting goods store REI announced in 2015 that it would remain closed on both Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, launching an #OptOutside campaign that aims to get consumers active and outdoors instead of spending their holiday weekend shopping.
Though plenty of holiday shoppers will be sure to make their way to the stores on Thanksgiving Day, retailers that remain closed earn the most public goodwill.
A survey conducted by SurveyMonkey for the website BestBlackFriday.com reported that only 17.96% of respondents favored stores remaining open on Thanksgiving Day.
Meanwhile, a survey conducted by Rich Relevance reported that 55% of Americans are annoyed or very annoyed when stores are open on Thanksgiving Day. It also found that 73% of Americans feel a store's decision to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day makes them like that retailer more, and 53% would be more likely to shop at a store that made a point of remaining closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Store Closings 2016
Here are 35 major retailers that will close their doors on Thanksgiving Day:
AT&T (Customer Service and Select Retail Locations Closed)
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
BJ's Wholesale Club
Crate and Barrel
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Jos. A. Bank
Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack
Office Depot and OfficeMax
P.C. Richard & Son
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour and Flanigan Furniture
The Container Store
In addition to these individual store closings, the Mall of America in Minnesota has also announced that it will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, with other shopping centers following suit. Tennessee-based CBL & Associates Properties will close all 89 of their regional shopping malls for the holiday, though individual stores with exterior entrances will be able to open individually.
Additionally, the Thanksgiving Day openings across the country won't extend to stores in Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island. The three New England states have "Blue Laws" that prevent stores from opening on holidays, meaning that the earliest a Black Friday sale can begin is midnight on Friday.
You can find a complete list of stores closed on Thanksgiving Day here.