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Over 55 stores CLOSED on Thanksgiving 2017!

Posted October 4

Grocery Store Thanksgiving Hours 2016

With just over 7 weeks to go until Black Friday, over 55 stores have now confirmed that they will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day 2017!

Does this make you want to support these stores more or less?

BestBlackFriday.com personally reached out to representatives from each of these stores over the past month and this the largest list of closings they have had in early October. In fact, they expect it to grow to over 75 stores.

The list below even has some traditional and big box local grocery stores including Publix, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco and Sam’s Club. I expect that more grocery stores will be added to this list based on the closings last year. And many grocery stores in the area usually close early on Thanksgiving Day. We'll have a full list of those grocery and drug store closings and early closings posted as soon as the stores release their holiday hours.

List of Confirmed Thanksgiving 2017 Store Closures

A.C. Moore
Abt Electronics
Academy Sports + Outdoors
At Home
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blain’s Farm and Fleet
Cost Plus World Market
Craft Warehouse
Crate and Barrel
DSW - Designer Shoe Warehouse
Ethan Allen
Gardner-White Furniture
Guitar Center
Half Price Books
Harbor Freight
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
Jos. A. Bank
La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
Mattress Firm
Micro Center
Music & Arts
Neiman Marcus
Office Depot and OfficeMax
Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
P.C. Richard & Son
Party City
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
Sam’s Club
Sierra Trading Post
Sportsman's Warehouse
Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
Sur La Table
The Container Store
The Original Mattress Factory
TJ Maxx
Tractor Supply
Von Maur
West Marine

Interesting Findings from the BestBlackFriday.com research:

- Most stores shared that they are closing on Thanksgiving so employees and customers can enjoy the holiday with their friends and family. Outdoor Research is even closing on Black Friday, and they expect REI to be added to that list soon.

- Thanksgiving Blue Laws for Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine prevent stores in those states from being open on Thanksgiving. Do you think North Carolina should have a similar law?

- According to their recent 2017 survey, only 16.22 percent of Americans actually favor Thanksgiving openings. 57.53 percent dislike Thanksgiving openings. 26.25 percent are indifferent.

What do you think? Do you want stores to be open on Thanksgiving or should they stay closed until Black Friday?

You can see more details about the closings at BestBlackFriday.com.


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 4, 4:20 p.m.

    Thanks to everyone for your feedback! Looks like most would prefer that retail stores were closed on Thanksgiving and that seems to be the trend nationally as well. We'll just have to wait and see how many more retail chains decide not to play the Thanksgiving/early Black Friday game.

  • GJan1 Oct 4, 12:59 a.m.

    Boo Hoo Hoo! Can we close hospitals and give police, fire, and EMS the day off too??!!

  • tceawvzwvpev Oct 3, 9:40 p.m.

    I used to work on Thanksgiving but the store closed around 2 pm. It gave us time to go home & have dinner with the family.

    All stores should be closed & not open until 10 am the next day. There's no need for this Black Friday horror show.. I have never & never will go shopping on that day unless I desire to be stampeded.

    For the stores on the list & a normal opening on Friday I will shop there.

  • dianelucasrat Oct 3, 4:51 p.m.

    I think all the stores need to be closed!!! I know I'm not entering a store on Thanksgiving!! I might shop online!!

  • sandyandevie Oct 3, 3:39 p.m.

    i think they should be closed and open at a reasonable hour on Black Friday as well. the holiday has become more abt bargains than being thankful. Christmas decor and music is already playing in some of the stores.

  • tightwad Oct 3, 12:45 p.m.

    Big online shopping day instead

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Oct 3, 11:25 a.m.

    Kudos to these guys!

    And it would be nice of them to start Black Friday at a decent hour...having to be at work at MIDNIGHT is ridiculous!! Not everyone can be together without someone having to travel!!

  • newssaavy72 Oct 3, 9:12 a.m.


  • luvstoQ Oct 3, 9:01 a.m.

    I applaud those on the list, but would like to see more of the big box and big name stores doing the same. Used to be so nice when basically everything was closed except some restaurants and pharmacies,

    I respect and will patronize the ones that close that will meet our needs.

    Thanksgiving used to be, and should always be, a time of family and friends gathering to reflect on thankfulness and appreciation for what we have and enjoy in this great country - flawed, maybe, but still the best!!

  • barbiedoll1967 Oct 3, 7:16 a.m.

    I think stores should be closed on Thanksgiving to give their employees time to spend with their families. I liked it when we actually had "Black Friday" on Friday. It just seemed to be more "exciting" and fun to find the best deals then.