Gray Thursday trend taking over

More stores are closing on Thanksgiving Day, and the overwhelming majority of people are fine with that. It's called Gray Thursday.

Ten or 15 years ago, stores were opening up earlier and earlier for Black Friday, eventually creeping into the night before and eventually Thanksgiving Day. Texas Retailer's Association CEO and President George Kelemen said it's actually smart business practice for brick and mortar stores to close on Thanksgiving Day.

“You don’t necessarily need to be open in a physical space anymore to generate sales and to kick off your holiday sales season, if you’re a retailer, if you’ve got the capability to do it online,” said Kelemen.

He said you can save on operating expenses and employee salary by taking the day off—if you’re online presence is big enough.

“You could keep that store closed for that day, save a little money there, extend the holiday to your employees and keep employee morale up and know you’re still going to get a lot of sales, and maybe perhaps more than you would’ve gotten in the door in a much more direct way,” said Kelemen.

Stores open on Thanksgiving

H-E-B will close early on Thanksgiving (open from six am to 2 pm)

Stores closing on Thanksgiving Day:

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 (also closed Black Friday)

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

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