With November now just one month away, BestBlackFriday.com has released its official 2018 Thanksgiving Day store closings list.
While many retailers choose to remain open on Turkey Day, an increasing number of brick-and-mortar retailers are opting to combat encroaching Black Friday start times -- a trend that began in 2010 when stores began opening earlier and earlier until they started opening on Thanksgiving Day.
Phil Dengler, head of editorial and content marketing for BestBlackFriday.com, notes that while every store has its own reason for deciding to keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving Day, family time has surfaced as a common theme over the years.
“Retailers understand that Thanksgiving is one of the top family-oriented holidays, and people just do not want to work,” Dengler wrote. “In addition to taking care of employees, many stores have also told us they do not want to force their customers into thinking they must shop in-store on Thanksgiving Day to get the best deals.”
Here are the 60 retailers that won’t be open on November 22, according to the site.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
AT&T (Company-Owned Stores)
Big 5 Sporting Goods
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blain’s Farm & Fleet
Bob’s Discount Furniture
Christopher & Banks
Cost Plus World Market
Crate and Barrel
dressbarn (majority of stores)
Half Price Books
Harbor Freight Tools
Music & Arts
P.C. Richard & Son
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
Sierra Trading Post
Sprint (Retail Stores Closed Unless Mall Dictates Otherwise; Mall Kiosks May Open)
Sur La Table
The Container Store
Tractor Supply Co.
BestBlackFriday.com has found that that a majority of consumers don’t mind stores being closed on Thanksgiving.
In 2017, nearly 60 percent of shoppers polled said they were against stores being open on Thanksgiving. This year, the same survey found that only a quarter of Americans actually favor Thanksgiving openings; approximately half of respondents said they dislike Thanksgiving openings.
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