Black Friday is becoming an event to rival the actual holiday it follows in the U.S. After spending Thanksgiving in reflecting on gratitude and family, a lot of Americans step out for some wholesale shopping the next day, hoping to get a head start on their holiday purchases.
Those truly dedicated to the holiday spirit have been known to get up at the crack of dawn on Black Friday and line up outside of stores, or else even go out late at night after Thanksgiving for rare discounts. Many retailers have happily obliged this practice, offering doorbuster deals for those who go straight from the dinner table to the cash register.
Still, for some companies, this is a bridge too far. Whether they are sparing their employees from sleepy shifts, or they do not believe they could turn enough profit to turn the lights on, some stores stay shuttered on Thanksgiving, and it helps to know which ones.
In 2018, most of the stores closed on Thanksgiving have a more specific market, or do not offer gift-oriented products at all. According to USA Today, many are hardware stores, grocery stores or niche stores for crafts and other hyper-specific items.
Here is a look at the stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Many clothing stores are keeping their doors shut on Thanksgiving, especially those that are more specialized. If you have a wardrobe emergency, many clothing items are available at department stores like Target, which will be open. Otherwise, here are the clothing stores that will be closed.
Christopher & Banks
Dressbarn (majority of stores)
Saks Fifth Avenue
Decorating and furnishing a home takes personal taste, and does not make for easy gift-buying. It is perhaps for that reason that so many home and furniture stores are not opening on Thanksgiving day.
Bob's Discount Furniture
Crate & Barrel
El Dorado Furniture
Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
Sur La Table
The Container Store
Cost Plus World Market
Pier 1 Imports
With the exception of some luxury tools and gift cards, hardware stores see little boost during the holiday season. It is no wonder that the stores listed below decided it was not worth it to open up shop on Thanksgiving day.
Blain’s Farm & Fleet
Harbor Freight Tools
Tractor Supply Co.
Craft supplies would make a great gift for an avid DIY-er, if they were not so hyper-specific most of the time. In addition, most crafting products are so cheap already that retailer can offer little in the way of enticing discounts. Here are the national craft store chains closing up for Thanksgiving.
Sure, you may be hoping to get your friend or loved one some shiny new gadget this holiday season, but you are probably not looking to a small specialty shop for the deals. Stores that deal in electronics cannot compete with massive retailers like Target, Best Buy or even Amazon, and must focus on things like cell phone plans — a risky choice for a gift. Here are the electronics shops that will not be open on
AT&T (company-owned stores only)
P.C. Richard & Son
Sprint (some mall retail stores and kiosks may be open on Thanksgiving)
In today's day and age, if a kid is more interested in getting outside and playing sports than Fortnite when the holidays roll around, that's a win. Unfortunately, sporting goods retailers are not optimistic that that will be the case, judging by how man are closed for Thanksgiving.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Sierra Trading Post
Naturally, there are not a lot of people leaving the Thanksgiving dinner table thinking about food. Here are the grocery stores closed on Thanksgiving.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Finally, the stragglers. Book stores, music shops and brand-specific toy stores are not bothering to open up this Thanksgiving, nor are the pet stores. Those that want a Black Friday deal on presents for their dogs will have to wait until morning.
Barnes & Noble
Half Price Books
Music & Arts
Office Depot and OfficeMax
The Paper Store