Planning on doing some Thanksgiving Day shopping? Don’t go anywhere until you check this list.

Yes, some stores are opening on Thanksgiving. This is far from the norm from when I was a kid. I remember all stores being closed on Thanksgiving. We’d gas up the car on the Wednesday before.

If you happened to be low on gas on Thanksgiving Day, tough luck. The same went for if you forgot a vital ingredient in your Thanksgiving dinner.

You had to make sure you had everything you needed. If not, you were out of luck. But things are different these days.

Most towns have at least one or two stores open. Gas stations often stay open. Drug stores may too.

Here is a list of stores that are closed on Thanksgiving, so you won’t waste your time trying to visit them. And if you want to know who’s open on Thanksgiving we’ll share that, too.

Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day

You may or may not have these stores in your town. If you do, they’re closed on Thanksgiving.

Home Improvement Stores

These big four home improvement stores will all be closed on Thanksgiving.

1. Lowe’s

2. Menard’s

3. Home Depot

4. ACE Hardware

Plan your home improvement shopping for Black Friday.

Farm and Fleet Stores

Interested in farming and hunting? These farming/hunting supply stores are closed on Thanksgiving.

5. Fleet Farm

6. Tractor Supply

7. Blain’s Farm and Fleet

However, it’s only for a day. These store chains will be open Black Friday, too.

Specialty Grocery Stores

These popular grocery stores are closed on Thanksgiving.

8. Aldi

9. Trader Joe’s

10. Publix

Note that the Trader Joe’s website says “most” stores will be closed. Your local Trader Joe’s may be open on Thanksgiving.

Bookstores

The following chain bookstores are closed on Thanksgiving:

11. Barnes and Noble

12. Half Price Books

Other local bookstores may be open on Thanksgiving.

Home Decor Stores

These home decor stores are closed on Thanksgiving:

13. At Home

14. IKEA

15. HomeGoods

16. Bob’s Discount Furniture

17. Homesense

18. MattressFirm

19. The Original Mattress Factory

20. The Container Store

21. Cost Plus World Market

22. Pier 1 Imports

However, most of these stores will be open Black Friday.

Clothing, Specialty and Grocery Stores

The following retail stores are closed on Thanksgiving:

23. TJ Maxx

24. Christopher & Banks

25. Dressbarn (most locations)

26. Burlington

27. Dillard’s

28. Nordstrom

29. Office Depot/Office Max

30. Hobby Lobby

31. JOANN stores

32. Guitar Center

33. Marshalls

34. Petco

35. Staples

36. Sierra Trading Post

37. Sportsman’s Warehouse

38. REI

Outdoor recreation giant REI will be closed on Thanksgiving. All 154 locations. What’s more, they’ll close on Black Friday too.

Warehouse Club Stores

These club stores will be closed on Thanksgiving:

39. Sam’s Club

40. Costco

41. BJ’s Wholesale Club

As you can see, many stores are closed on Thanksgiving. Some companies like to keep the holiday free for employees.

Other stores, however, consider opening as a convenience for customers, and to make sales while competitors are closed.

Stores That Are Open on Thanksgiving

Didn’t see your favorite store on the list above? It may be open on Thanksgiving. We can’t catch every open store. But we do have some larger chains listed here.

Here are the hours some popular stores are open on Thanksgiving.

Best Buy

Electronics giant Best Buy will be open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. They have over 1,000 locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Target

Target has over 1,800 store locations. Most will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Note that some stores may have different opening hours.

Walmart

Walmart has over 11,000 locations worldwide. U.S. stores will be open on Thanksgiving. Hours vary by location. Check your local stores for details. However, Black Friday deals won’t start until 5 p.m.

Old Navy

Old Navy’s 1,100+ stores will open at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Macy’s

Despite falling on hard times, Macy’s still has over 600 store locations in the U.S. They’ll open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Kohl’s

Kohl’s has over 1,100 store locations in the U.S. They’ll open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, too.

Michael’s

Michael’s craft stores has over 1,300 locations. They’ll open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Ulta Beauty

Ulta Beauty stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. They’ve got over 900 stores in the U.S.

Walgreen’s

Walgreens Pharmacy hosts generous store hours on Thanksgiving. Most stores will open by 8 a.m.

This is a good thing, given medicine is a necessity for many. However, Walgreen’s sells basic groceries too. They’ve got over 8,000 store locations.

JCPenney

JCPenney stores host over 800 locations in the U.S. They’ll open starting at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Cabela’s

Cabela’s outdoor store has over 80 locations in the U.S. and Canada. They’ll open their doors at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Their sister store, Bass Pro Shops, will open Thanksgiving Day, too.

Dollar General

Dollar General has over 15,000 locations. They’ll open at 7 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. This is another place you can get some food items.

GameStop

GameStop, the popular gaming store, opens at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. They’ve got over 7,000 locations worldwide.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Do you have sports apparel on your Christmas list? Dick’s Sporting Goods opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. They’ll stay open till 2 a.m. on Black Friday.

Then they’ll open again at 5 a.m.

Note that different locations at these stores may have varying hours.

Do You Live in a Thanksgiving-Affected “Blue Law” State?

Have you heard of “blue laws”? I hadn’t, until my research for this article. Blue laws are known as “Sunday laws,” too.

Blue laws ban the purchase of certain items on certain days. Most blue laws have been repealed in the U.S. Most of them prohibited alcohol sales.

For instance, states banned people from buying alcohol on Sundays. Some states still have a portion of a blue law in effect.

In some states, their blue law pertains to Thanksgiving. Retailers in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island can’t open on Thanksgiving.

However, there are some exceptions to the rule. As an example, Massachusetts allows the following to open:

  • Pharmacies
  • Restaurants
  • Small food stores
  • Gas stations
  • Video rental stores

Most retailers on this list offer some type of necessity. I mean, what are you supposed to do if you forgot to buy butter? That’s surely not acceptable on Thanksgiving.

But if you want to shop in-store you’re out of luck. At least if you live in one of the three states mentioned above.

If you live in another state you’ve got options. And, there’s always online shopping.

Shop Online on Thanksgiving

True, not all brick-and-mortar stores are open. However, that doesn’t stop internet sales. If you really want to beat the Black Friday rush you can shop online.

Many retailers have Thanksgiving Day deals for online shoppers, too. And if you want to get additional deals, check out these sites.

Ebates

Ebates has been giving cash back to online shoppers since 2008. They partner with over 2,500 stores to get you cash back.

Here are some examples of the rebates you can get with Ebates:

  • 8% cash back at Macy’s
  • Up to 10% cash back at Walmart
  • 3% cash back at Kohl’s
  • Up to 5% cash back on Amazon

Here’s how Ebates works. First, you join Ebates — it’s free to join. Plus, they’ll give you a $10 signing bonus if you join using the link above. Second, you shop at your favorite stores through the Ebates portal.

Every purchase you make is assessed by Ebates. They’ll credit your cash back amount to your Ebates account.

Every three months they’ll pay you via PayPal for your total due. Or, you can have them send you a check.

Ebates works with in-store purchases, too. You link your credit card to your Ebates account, and when you shop at a member store, your cash back is automatically sent to your account.

You might be wondering why they give you cash back for shopping. How do they make their money? The concept is simple.

Stores give Ebates a commission for sending customers their way. Ebates splits the commission with you, the buyer. It’s a good deal for everyone.

Swagbucks

Like Ebates, Swagbucks will give you cash back for shopping. And they have a $10 signing bonus as well.

As with Ebates, you have to shop through the Swabucks portal to earn. Some of the cash back store offers they have include:

  • 8% cash back at JCPenney
  • Up to 10% cash back at Amazon
  • 5% cash back at Macy’s
  • Up to 10% cash back at Walmart

Swagbucks partners with hundreds of stores to get you cash back. Just shop through the Swagbucks portal when you buy.

Bonus: Swagbucks will pay you for other tasks, too. They’ll give you points for:

  • Taking surveys
  • Playing games
  • Watching videos
  • Searching the Web

You can earn for referring friends to ,join too. You’ll get paid SB points for these activities. You can use your SB points to get PayPal cash or free e-gift cards.

However, shopping online is the best way to earn money with Swagbucks.

Other Ways to Save Money While Shopping

Besides cash back offers, there are other ways to save while shopping. Consider these ideas.

Watch the Ads

Some Black Friday “deals” are nothing more than hype. Watch the ads in the weeks before Thanksgiving and check prices.

You may find a better deal before — or after — Thanksgiving.

Pay Cash

Paying with cash can help you avoid paying interest when you shop. Loans and credit cards can  come with hefty interest rates. Buying with cash could save you money.

Use the cash envelope system when you plan your spending. That way you can set aside money for gift purchases all year. Just divide your gift giving costs by 12. Put cash in the gift envelope each month. Use your budget to know how much to save each month.

If you’re not budgeting, paying with cash will take some work. You’ll have to retrain your mind to get used to living with a budget.

I know budgets can seem restrictive. It can be tough putting spending limits on yourself. But in truth, budgets offer you freedom.

They help you free up more cash for money goals that are important to you. You just need to know why budgeting is important.

Work to Buy Off Season

Another way to save money is to buy off season. Buy clothes a year ahead. Hit the clearance rack and buy a size too big for your growing kids.

Buy summer necessities at the end of July or August. And winter necessities in January. This includes Christmas gift giving.

Do your Christmas shopping all year round. Don’t wait until Thanksgiving or Black Friday. By shopping super early you can save big money.

Think about your gift giving list as you shop throughout the year.

Summary

What do you think: Should stores open on Thanksgiving? Did any of the stores on these lists surprise you?

Personally, I think stores should close on Thanksgiving. Until I need something or see a great deal, that is. Of course, then I’m glad for the stores that are open.

I’m not sure we’ll ever stop the retail world from spinning, even if it insists on spinning on holidays. However, I do get a warm fuzzy feeling when I see a store closed on holidays.

Something about stores closing down reminds me of my childhood.

How about you? What do you think? Feel free to share your opinion on our Facebook site. Or share this post via social media. You never know who’ll get an urge to shop on Thanksgiving.

Bummer!

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