A List of the Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017

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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 not closed 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 starting 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.

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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 deals, think about these stores that are giving back to their employees by closing on Thanksgiving day.

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

Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017:

  • A.C. Moore

  • Abt Electronics

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors

  • At Home

  • BJ's Wholesale Club

  • Blain's Farm and Fleet

  • Burlington

  • Cabela's

  • Cost Plus World Market

  • Costco

  • Craft Warehouse

  • Crate and Barrel

  • DSW - Designer Shoe Warehouse

  • Ethan Allen

  • Gardner-White Furniture

  • Guitar Center

  • H&M

  • Half Price Books

  • Harbor Freight

  • Hobby Lobby

  • Home Depot

  • HomeGoods

  • Homesense

  • IKEA

  • JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores

  • Jos. A. Bank

  • La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)

  • Lowe's

  • Marshalls

  • Mattress Firm

  • Micro Center

  • Music & Arts

  • Neiman Marcus

  • Office Depot and OfficeMax

  • Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)

  • P.C. Richard & Son

  • Party City

  • Patagonia

  • Petco

  • PetSmart

  • Pier 1 Imports

  • Publix

  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture

  • Sam's Club

  • Sierra Trading Post

  • Sportsman's Warehouse

  • Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)

  • Staples

  • Sur La Table

  • The Container Store

  • The Original Mattress Factory

  • TJ Maxx

  • Tractor Supply

  • Trollbeads

  • Von Maur

  • West Marine

Stores Expected to Close, but Unconfirmed

  • American Girl

  • AT&T

  • Barnes & Noble

  • Big 5 Sporting Goods

  • Bed Bath & Beyond

  • Bloomingdale's

  • Christmas Tree Shops

  • Dillard's

  • Mall of America

  • Menards

  • Navy Exchange

  • Nordstrom

  • Nordstrom Rack

  • REI

  • Saks Fifth Avenue

  • Talbots

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

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