PhotoA few years ago some people began to be put off by “Black Friday creep.” Stores kept opening earlier and earlier, until they started opening on Thanksgiving Day.

Whether it was consumer backlash at that idea, grumpy employees, or the realization they can sell just as much stuff online, an increasing number of stores this year have made a point of announcing they will not be open on turkey day. provided us with this list of 44 confirmed closings:

  • A.C. Moore
  • American Girl
  • AT&T
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cabela’s
  • Christmas Tree Shops
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel

  • Dillard’s

  • GameStop

  • Gardner-White Furniture

  • Guitar Center

  • Hobby Lobby

  • Home Depot

  • HomeGoods

  • IKEA

  • Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

  • Lowe’s

  • Marshalls

  • Mattress Firm

  • Menards

  • Mills Fleet Farm

  • Neiman Marcus

  • Nordstrom

  • Nordstrom Rack

  • Outdoor Research

  • P.C. Richard & Son

  • Patagonia

  • Petco

  • PetSmart

  • Pier 1 Imports

  • Publix

  • Raymour and Flanagan Furniture

  • Sam's Club

  • Sierra Trading Post

  • Staples

  • The Container Store

  • T.J. Maxx

  • Tractor Supply

  • Von Maur

“While the common theme is 'so employees can spend more time with friends and family,' many stores also want to 'bring Black Friday back,' since it has really lost some of its luster in recent years,” said principal Philip Dengler.

Also, Thanksgiving Blue Laws for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine prevent stores in those states from being open on Thanksgiving, regardless of what the national chain is doing.

Share your Comments