What Retail Stores are Open Thanksgiving Day?


What Retail Stores are Open Thanksgiving Day?

For a long time, the holiday season didn’t start until the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday. However, in more recent years, several retailers have pushed the envelope, eager to start bringing in the holiday sales. It is important to note that the state laws in Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island prohibit stores from opening on Thanksgiving Day. For the rest of the country, here are the stores that are open on Thanksgiving Day:

Walmart– Walmart opens at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Kmart– Kmart opens at 6am on Thanksgiving Day and stay open for 42 hours straight, closing at midnight on Black Friday.
Big Lots– Big Lots has been open on Thanksgiving Day for over 20 years, opening at 7am.
Best Buy– Best Buy is open Thanksgiving Day from 5pm until 1am Friday. It re-opens at 8am Black Friday and closes at 10pm Black Friday night.
Toys R Us– Toys R Us opens at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day and stays open until 11pm on Black Friday.
Target– Target opens at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day and stays open until Black Friday at 11pm.
Kohl’s– Kohl’s opens at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day and remains open until midnight on Black Friday.
J.C. Penney– J.C. Penney opens at 5pm on Thanksgiving Day and closes at 2am on Black Friday. The store then re-opens at 6am on Black Friday.
Macy’s– Macy’s is open from 8pm on Thanksgiving Day until 10pm on Black Friday.
Old Navy– Old Navy is open Thanksgiving Day from 9am until 4pm. It then opens again at 7pm Thanksgiving Day and stays open until midnight on Black Friday.
Sears– Sears opens at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day and stays open through 10pm on Black Friday.
Dollar General– Dollar General is open Thanksgiving Day from 7am to 7pm.
Big Lots– Big Lots is open Thanksgiving Day from 7am to midnight. It re-opens Black Friday from 6am to 11pm.

Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving Day?

Krystal Blue
Krystal Blue dropped out of culinary school to be a full time mom to her two little angels, but it is a decision she does not regret! She loves doing crossword puzzles in her spare time and reading romance novels.

24 Responses to “What Retail Stores are Open Thanksgiving Day?

  • I would definitely hit up Toys R Us and Target if I chose to go shop during that time. So weird how these stores are so eager to get the Black Friday movement going that they’re opening earlier and earlier.

  • When it comes to holidays or “sale holidays” – I tend to stay far away from stores! I might shop online, but I prefer to stay away from frenzied shoppers, even if it means big savings.

  • I have mixed feelings about store being open on holidays. I love being able to shop with my husband who has the day off but I do like the idea that everyone can enjoy the holidays and take the day off with family. I worked in retail for many years and there were so many people that hated working and missing out. Though the extra money is always nice! I think I would take advantage and stores could always open shorter hours.

  • We hit Target last year and learned our lesson. We’ll be staying home this year!

  • I’m not a big fan of stores open on Thanksgiving. People should be home enjoying family time and take a break from life – plus I don’t like that companies are asking employees to work on Thanksgiving.

  • I’m on the fence about this whole debate. I know some people who enjoy working and making the overtime on the holidays. At the same time, families should have time off together if they want to enjoy it.

  • Kind of sucks for those family that HAVE to work on Thanksgiving. But for for those who don’t mind then that is fine. I lived in Florida for a while when I was younger and I remember a lot of places would close during Thanksgiving.

  • There are some people who would rather work on a holiday because of the higher pay. I guess this is alright.

  • There is no way that I will shop on Thanksgiving Day-unless it is on line and even that is doubtful. I really feel so bad for the people who have to leave their family and friends to go to work.

  • I don’t do Black Friday shopping or holiday shopping. I’d prefer to stay home in my pj’s and do ordering online. The madness of the sales just isn’t worth it.

    • I don’t usually go out and shop on Black Friday either. I enjoy shopping on Cyber Monday from the comfort of my own home.

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    Catherine S
    5 years ago

    Thanks for the list. I am surprised how many stores are going to be open. I usually avoid all the stores starting the day before Thanksgiving.

  • Oh wow there are actually a decent amount. I’ll have to keep this in mind on Thanksgiving.

  • I will not be shopping on Thanksgiving. I think it’s crazy that employees have to work instead of celebrating with their families. Every holiday doesn’t have to be a shopping day.

  • I think its a shame people have to work on these in days in store instead of being at home with their families. x

  • No, I don’t do any shopping on Thanksgiving Day – I prefer to spend the time with the fam! I actually don’t shop on Black Friday, either, but I’m all about Cyber Monday!

  • Our Thanksgiving just went by here in Canada. Most of our stores are closed on the major holidays.

  • I am usually too full and tired after all that food to even consider shopping Thanksgiving day. We will go out on Black Friday if there is something we really want, though.

  • sixtimeom@gmail.com'
    5 years ago

    We had our Thanksgiving already! I wouldn’t ever think to shop on thanksgiving I love spending it with my kiddos and family! I think its neat to see what is open though!

  • This is a good list to make sure we know which stores are open on thanks giving day, but honestly I would love online shopping rather than wasting so much of time there in such retail stores.

  • Great list. I can’t wait for black Friday and Cyber Monday!1

  • I usually do not shop on Thanksgiving day. The exception to that was last year when we were able to save hundreds on a game system for the kids.

  • Oh yeah, I forgot about these sales, lol. I won’t be going this year. 🙂

  • We went to Macy’s and Boston store around 7:30. there was not much rush….

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