Trend of stores being open on Thanksgiving could be changing


BestBlackFriday.com officials expect more retailers to close for Thanksgiving Day.

Last year, a BestBlackFriday.com survey found 57 percent of Americans were against Thanksgiving openings while only 16 percent said they favored them.

Texas Retailers Association CEO and president George Kelemen said retailers know if their customers want store employees to enjoy time off on a holiday, or whether it’s the customer's traditions to shop on Thanksgiving.

“Nice feel good reasons that give their associates the full day off, they can spend Thanksgiving with their families, but, there’s also some sound business decisions,” said Kelemen.

He said online retail is a huge part of everyday life, and especially for the holidays.

Kelemen said the lack of literal foot traffic on Thanksgiving, might be replicated online. Stores will have to factor in their customer's needs to be open in person or if virtually will do.

“Online retailing is such a big, big part of our world now. And, it’s a huge part of the holiday shopping season,” said Kelemen.

He said stores that won't open on Thanksgiving Day, probably have a pretty robust online presence.

The day of the year retailers earned profitability, or were "in the black" became known as Black Friday.

BestBlackFriday.com released its 2018 Thanksgiving Day store closings list

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware
  • Acme Tools
  • Allen Edmonds
  • American Girl
  • At Home
  • AT&T (company-owned stores)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Bob's Discount Furniture
  • Burlington
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • dressbarn (majority of stores)
  • El Dorado Furniture
  • Fleet Farm
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • Ikea
  • Joann Stores
  • Lamps Plus
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Micro Center
  • Music & Arts
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Pep Boys
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (some mall retail stores and kiosks may open on Thanksgiving)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Paper Store
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

For the third year in a row, Mall of America will be closed Thanksgiving.


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