Who's Open and Who's Closed on Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving Day shopping -- also known as "Black Friday creep" -- has drawn dominant merchants like Walmart and strugglers like RadioShack. But many companies are refusing to participate -- with some turning the decision into a marketing boon. Here is rundown to help you map out your turkey-day shopping.


Those looking to buy in bulk at discount prices can head to Walmart, which will be open all day in some locations -- although doorbuster sales may have to wait until Thursday evening. "Black Friday is no longer an event for customers who wake up at the crack of dawn to get good deals," according to the world's largest retailer. Kmart will open as early as 6 a.m. Thanksgiving day, with some unidentified employees claiming that shifts on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday are mandatory -- and they'll be terminated if they refuse. Similar unidentified reports have emerged from Target, which opens most locations at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Costco chose to close because employees "deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families." "Consistent with our company values," BJ's Wholesale Club is giving all 25,000 employees the day off.

Clothing and Department Stores

Kohl's, Sears and Macy's will open at 6 p.m. this Thanksgiving. Nordstrom's is doing nothing new by staying closed. "This is how we've approached the holidays as long as anyone here can remember," Nordstrom's spokesman Colin Johnson said. Upscale chain Dillard's remains closed on Thursday as well, while opening at 8 a.m. on Black Friday, two hours earlier.

DSW (closed on Thanksgiving) shamed its competitors in a Facebook post that declares "we believe family comest first." The TJX (TJX) group of off-price retailers -- including T.J. Maxx, Marshall's and Home Goods -- will close as well -- telling ThinkProgress that it is "pleased to give our associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends."

Outdoor Gear

For the second year in a row, Sports Authority will open at 6 p.m. for Black Friday doorbuster sales. For more outdoor-centric outfitting, you'll have to wait until Friday for both REI and Patagonia. REI will open at 8 a.m. Friday, while Patagonia bluntly said "It's a holiday -– we're closed!"


Best Buy doorbuster sales start at 5 p.m. Barnes & Noble explained its reason for closing, "so that our booksellers can be with their family and friends."

GameStop offered a more elaborate explanation: "At GameStop we often use the phrase "protect the family" in reference to our business. A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends. We believe it's the right decision not only for our employees, but also for our customers. Enjoy this time with your loved ones and we'll see you on Black Friday."
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