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Here's All the Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day 2021


When I was in college, I worked for a big-box retailer. I actually really liked working there, until the day I asked for Thanksgiving off. "We're open on Thanksgiving. No one gets Thanksgiving off," they told me. But what about family values? "Sorry, if I let you take the day off, I'll have to let everyone off." I quit on the spot and never looked back.

Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where Black Friday sales are so popular they start on Thanksgiving Day. No matter the consequence, these retail stores are ripping employees away from the table on a day when families should matter the most. Thanksgiving, after all, is about celebrating gratitude and being with the ones you love.

I long ago boycotted Black Friday (thanks in part to my horrible experience). In general, I like to stick to homemade gifts or locally made goods instead of those purchased from corporate retailers. I appreciate the efforts of companies like REI, who not only closed all their stores on Thanksgiving but also on Black Friday. Their #optoutside campaign has certainly gained more traction with those of us who value family first than they could have profited with a day's worth of sales.

So whether you stay home and make delicious meals with your leftovers or go out for the Black Friday deals and last-minute holiday shopping, think about these stores that are giving back to their employees by closing on Turkey Day.


This information is constantly updated on Best Black Friday's blog.


Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2021:

  • Academy Sports
  • Bath and Body Works
  • Bed Bath and Beyond
  • Belk
  • Best Buy 
  • BJ's Wholesale
  • Costco
  • Dick's Sporting Goods 
  • Foot Locker
  • Home Depot 
  • JCPenny
  • Kohl's 
  • Macy's
  • REI
  • Sam's Club 
  • Target 
  • Walmart 
  • Williams Sonoma
  • A. C. Moore
  • Aldi
  • Ashley Furniture
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bloomindale's
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Trader Joe's 
  • White House Black Market
  • Calvin Klein
  • Century 21
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Forever 21
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • Marshalls
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Publix
  • Sierra
  • Simon malls
  • Sur La Table
  • TJ Maxx
  • T-Mobile

    Stores That Will Be Open on Thanksgiving

    • Gamestop
    • ACME 
    • Rite Aid
    • Walgreens 
    • CVS 
    • Dollar General
    • Big Lots
    • Family Dollar
    • Radio Shack
    • Bass Pro Shops 
    • Cabela's
    • Five Below
    • Gordmans
    • Kroger
    • Lilly Pulitzer
    • Michaels
    • Ralphs
    • Stop & Shop
    • Vons
    • Whole Foods Market

    Check with your local store to make sure! Do you feel that stores should be closed on Thanksgiving? While there are two sides to every coin (we keep shopping, forcing stores' hands for more hours), we encourage going offline on Thanksgiving (apart from your recipe needs!) to reconnect with your friends and family.

    This post was originally published on November 16, 2020, but has been updated for 2021.