Stores NOT Open On Thanksgiving

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cabelas2Planning on shopping as soon as Thanksgiving Day dinner is over? Don’t bother stopping by Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack or Cabela’s. Those, and a number of other chains, won’t be opening on Thursday.

Though the big retail news this year has been about the increasing number of stores jump starting the holiday season by offering Turkey Day hours, some retailers are promoting the fact that they’ll remain closed until Black Friday.

Retailers  say they prefer to let their employees spend the day with family and many report that customers approve that decision.

A backlash against Thanksgiving Day store openings on Thanksgiving has been blanketing social media and at, about a dozen petitions have garnered thousands of signatures urging retailers to keep their doors closed until Friday morning.

Of those that do, some, like Cabela’s,  Home Depot and Lowe’s, will open at  5 a.m.; Ace Hardware opens at 7 a.m. and Nordstrom will open its doors at 8 a.m.

“I’m proud that BJ’s Clubs are, once again, closed on Thanksgiving, allowing our Team Members to enjoy the holiday,” said Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club, in a press release.  “We always must balance what is best for our Team Members with our sales goals.”

Some companies, like Nordstrom, have a long-standing  tradition of pushing back against the Christmas shopping creep. The upscale retailer, which doesn’t even decorate stores until Black Friday morning, posts signs throughout its stores reading: “We just  like the idea of celebrating one holiday at a time. From our family  to yours, Happy Thanksgiving.”

Other chains staying shuttered on Thanksgiving include:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Apple
  • BJ’s
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Cabela’s
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • Home Goods
  • Lowe’s
  • Radio Shack
  • PC Richard & Sons
  • Sam’s Club
  • TJ Maxx

Are you supporting retailers who remain closed on Thanksgiving?