The Master List of Stores That Are Staying Closed on Thanksgiving Day
Here's a list of every store that's announced plans to stay closed on Thursday November 24, 2016 so their employees - and you - can enjoy Thanksgiving with your family.
Bookmark this post! We are updating the list as information becomes available.
Our unofficial motto for Black Friday coverage is "show the work." With so much rumor, speculation, and misinformation swirling around Black Friday, you deserve certainty. Our list of stores that are staying closed on Thanksgiving is no exception. Unlike other lists you may have seen, we're providing a link to the source – along with a quote when it's available, so you know who to thank – so that you have more than just our word to go on. If we don't have confirmation, it stays in the "rumored or likely" column, even if we're 99.9% sure.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Confirmed via email on 10/13/16
"We saw your list of Thanksgiving closures today and wanted to let you know Academy Sports + Outdoors will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our team members can spend the holiday with their families and friends. We will open the next morning on Black Friday at 5 a.m." - Eric Herrera, Communications Manager, Academy Sports + Outdoors
"We want our Team Members and Members to enjoy time with family and friends on Thanksgiving," said Chris Baldwin, president and CEO, BJ's Wholesale Club. "Our clubs will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, and we'll be ready on Black Friday to offer our Members outstanding value and the best deals on electronics, exclusive toys and more. And for our Members who want to shop on Thanksgiving Day, BJs.com will offer a great selection of Black Friday deals."
Confirmed via email to Brad's Deals
"Once again, Burlington is pleased to announce that all of its store locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving so that associates and customers can spend this special holiday with their friends and family."
Confirmed by Craft Warehouse rep via email
"We love retail and serving our customers, but we are even more passionate about one of our core values: Protecting the Family," said Mike Buskey, executive vice president and president of U.S. stores. "We believe strongly that our associates are the heart of our company and they and our customers should have the opportunity to spend the Thanksgiving holiday relaxing with family and friends, and not worrying where to find the best shopping deals. This year, we are encouraging those retailers who plan to be open on Thanksgiving Day, to join GameStop and the other retailers who have announced they will be closed on this family holiday."
"We stand behind our core values and beliefs of being a family-first company," said Bob Riesbeck, President and CEO of hhgregg. "It’s important to us that our associates are able to be home with their families on Thanksgiving, and we are encouraging our customers to do the same – knowing great deals will be available online, on Black Friday and through the weekend."
Confirmed by Lowe's employee and Brad's Deals fan Robbin. You can find her confirmation in the comments below.
"As we evaluated our store hours for this holiday and weighed the business and personal considerations, we decided it was best to provide our associates with the day off to spend time with family and friends by closing our retail stores on Thanksgiving Day," said Troy Rice, chief operating officer of North America for Office Depot, Inc. "While our stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, customers can shop our website starting at 12:01a.m. on Thursday for great Black Friday deals on laptops, gifts and office supplies."
“This year, REI will shut down on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday because fundamentally we believe that being outside makes us our best selves – healthier and happier, physically and mentally," said REI CEO Jerry Stritzke.
"We encourage our customers and employees to enjoy Thanksgiving however they choose, with their families and friends," said Steve Matyas, president North American retail, Staples. "For our Staples customers who want to shop from home on Thanksgiving Day, Staples.com will offer amazing deals on great products that customers can buy online and even pick up in stores on Black Friday or ship to their home." (Staples also confirmed an in-store start time of 6am on Black Friday.)
Maybe, Maybe Not
For this section, the retailer has confirmed that some, but not all, locations will be closed. Call your local store to see if they'll be open on Thanksgiving or not.
Unconfirmed, but likely to stay closed based on history of Thanksgiving closures:
Basically, if a store is in this section, they've never opened on Thanksgiving, or at the very least haven't done it in several years. So while no one on this part of the list is confirmed, we don't expect them to surprise us.
- Ace Hardware
- Allen Edmonds
- American Girl
- Barnes & Noble
- Big 5 Sporting Goods
- Blain's Farm and Fleet
- Christopher & Banks
- Cost Plus World Market
- Disney Store
- Ethan Allen
- Neiman Marcus
- PC Richard & Son
- Pet Supplies Plus
- Saks Fifth Avenue
- Sierra Trading Post
- Sportsman's Warehouse
- Tractor Supply Company