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These 60 retailers are staying closed on Thanksgiving

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 10/1/2018 Paul Ausick

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Retailers have found that, to no one's particular surprise, employees appreciate having Thanksgiving off. That means that many stores don’t open until Black Friday, traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year, and one when retailers offer discounts to drive early market share.

Retail research firm Best Black Friday has put together an early list of 60 retailers that already have decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. Best Black Friday expects the list to grow to 100.

Why are the stores closing? Management at the retailers has, in many cases, decided to allow employees to spend time with family. Another reason is that some shoppers do not want to venture out during one of America’s most important holidays, one for which almost every non-retail company closes and gives a vacation day.

Then there's the economics. Thanksgiving Day online shopping more than doubled year over year in 2017 to $2.87 billion from $1.3 billion in 2016, according to Adobe Analytics. Analysts at Shopify see Thanksgiving Day online spending rising to $3.35 billion this year, up nearly 17%. By comparison, Black Friday sales last year totaled $5.03 billion and are forecast to rise more than 15% to $5.8 billion this year.

In several states, stores have to be closed for Thanksgiving because it’s the law. According to Best Black Friday, these include Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine.

Last year, several retailers opened for some hours on Thanksgiving. These included Walmart, Target, Sears, J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Best Buy. Most of these start hours late in the afternoon or early in the evening. Obviously, Amazon.com is open all day.

The data for the list of store closures comes from a recent 2018 survey indicating that only 24.67% of Americans actually favor Thanksgiving openings compared to 47.66% who dislike them. More than a quarter (27.67%) are indifferent. (The 1,069 responses were taken September 30, 2018.)

60 Retailers Have Announced They Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving

A.C. Moore

Abt Electronics

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Acme Tools

Allen Edmonds

American Girl

At Home

AT&T

Big 5 Sporting Goods

BJ's Wholesale Club

Blain's Farm & Fleet

Bob's Discount Furniture

Burlington

Christopher & Banks

Cost Plus World Market

Costco

Craft Warehouse

Crate and Barrel

Dillard's

Dressbarn

Fleet Farm

Gardner-White Furniture

Guitar Center

H&M

Half Price Books

Harbor Freight Tools

Hobby Lobby

Home Depot

HomeGoods

Homesense

IKEA

JOANN Stores

Lowe's

Marshalls

Mattress Firm

Music & Arts

Nordstrom

Nordstrom Rack

P.C. Richard & Son

Patagonia

Pep Boys

Petco

PetSmart

Pier 1 Imports

Publix

Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses

REI

Sam's Club

Sierra Trading Post

Sportsman's Warehouse

Sprint

Staples

Stein Mart

Sur La Table

The Container Store

TJ Maxx

Tractor Supply Co.

Trollbeads

Von Maur

West Marine

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