List Updated at 1:31 AM EST November 20, 2017
Despite the fact that many Black Friday sales now begin on Thanksgiving Day, numerous stores remain reluctant to open their doors. Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, November 23, 2017, this year, and over 75 well-known retailers are expected to be closed. Additionally, some stores will even be closed on Black Friday.
Here is the official list of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2017. BestBlackFriday.com personally confirmed the closed status with a representative from each of these retailers, and the list will be updated daily as more stores make their decision. For openings, see our list of Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day 2017. For hours, see our Black Friday 2017 Store Hours.
Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017 List
As they do every year during the holiday shopping season, things can drastically change. Certain stores may decide to open on Thanksgiving this year, and other retailers may decide to close. As REI proved a few years ago, there is even a chance that a major retailer or two decides to close on Black Friday, but we have our doubts that it will be any of note in 2017.
You can review our complete Thanksgiving Day 2016 Closures List to see which stores were closed last year.
A Note About Cabela’s
Originally, Cabela’s was included in our list of stores closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Unfortunately, we were told by two representatives from Cabela’s that it would be closed in September, but this information either turned out to be incorrect or the decision to close was changed. Cabela’s will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Please see a screenshot of our original correspondence.
We have edited names out for privacy reasons. Our goal is to not pass blame here, but we want to show why Cabela’s was originally on our closures list.
Stores Closing Early On Thanksgiving
Somewhat of a compromise, H-E-B, a supermarket chain based in San Antonio, Texas, will be open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. While employees will still have to go in on Thanksgiving, they will get to go home early enough to enjoy dinner with their family.
Stores Expected, But Not Yet Confirmed, To Close On Thanksgiving
The following stores are expected to close on Turkey Day this year. All of these retailers have closed their doors the past few years, so it is likely they will make the same decision this year. While we contacted representatives from each of these stores, we either did not receive a response or were told the decision is not yet final.
Why Are Stores Closing On Thanksgiving?
We ask retailers this question every single year, and the answer has been consistently the same across over 100 stores since 2013. Stores want to give their employees and customers a chance to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with their families without having to worry about working and shopping. We admire this reasoning and truly believe that non-essential workers should be able to spend the holidays with their loved ones in peace. In many cases, stores are losing money by deciding to close on Thanksgiving Day, which is admirable for the cause.
Regardless of our stance, we do not fault any retailer that decides to remain open on Thanksgiving Day. Some stores are in a better position to remain closed on Turkey Day than others, and sometimes the potential sales are too much to lose. In many cases, workers are given the option to work on Thanksgiving and are paid extra for volunteering their time, which is a win-win for everyone involved.
What Do Americans Think About Stores Being Open on Thanksgiving?
From September 26-27 of 2017, we conducted a shopping survey of 523 American adults over the age of 18. We asked the question — How do you feel about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day? Here are the results.
– Strongly Favor It: 5.60%
– Favor It: 10.62%
– Indifferent: 26.25%
– Dislike It: 20.66%
– Strongly Dislike It: 36.87%
That means 57.53 percent of respondents do not like the idea of stores opening on Thanksgiving. With 26.25 percent being indifferent, only 16.22 percent actually favor openings.
As presented in our 2016 Thanksgiving Shopping Survey, 54.69 percent of Americans did not agree with stores being open on Thanksgiving last year. Of that 54.69 percent, 37.72 percent strongly disliked the idea of it, which is more than a third of Americans. Over a quarter was indifferent, while only 17.96 percent of Americans had favorable views. In other words, less than 20 percent of Americans actually liked the idea of stores being open last year.
Will Any New Major Stores Close On Thanksgiving Day 2017?
Everyone was surprised last year when HHGregg and the combined Office Depot & OfficeMax decided to close on Thanksgiving. While it appeared as though both stores were starting a new trend of closures, it did not really go much further. Walmart, Best Buy, Kmart, Kohl’s, Target, Sears, JCPenney, and all of the other major retailers were open on Thanksgiving, and in many cases, they held the most important part of their Black Friday sales.
While Black Friday is still an important day for holiday shopping, Thanksgiving is the day when most of the top doorbusters go on sale. For that reason, shoppers are forced to venture out of their homes on Turkey Day if they want to have a chance at the best prices. The good news is that many of the top doorbusters are now available online, so we believe it is possible to be successful on Black Friday without having to wait in line on Thanksgiving. Plus, Cyber Monday 2017 is expected to be bigger than ever, which is another reason that in-store Thanksgiving shopping is no longer required.
Despite our intuition saying that none of the major retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving, we are still going to confirm with each store early and often.
Thanksgiving Blue Laws
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine have blue laws that prohibit the majority of retailers from opening on Thanksgiving Day. While certain exceptions (restaurants, gas stations, food stores) exist, most of the major stores that we cover will be closed on Thanksgiving in those three states.
This creates a rush at around 12 am or 1 am on Black Friday morning that is comparable to how things used to be before Thanksgiving openings became so popular. Unless there is a drastic change in the law in these states, we fully expect the blue laws in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine to remain in place. Since the average Thanksgiving opening time is around 5 pm or 6 pm, shoppers in these states will only have to wait an additional six or seven hours to begin shopping.
Retail Store Thanksgiving Spending Is Decreasing
As ShopperTrak reported at the end of last year’s holiday season, there was a reversal when it came to foot traffic on Black Friday and Thanksgiving. Before last year, Thanksgiving Day sales were eating into Black Friday because of the number of in-store only doorbusters that were exclusively available on Thursday. Since more of these top doorbusters were available online, shoppers either shopped online or waited until Black Friday to go to a brick-and-mortar location. With the majority of Americans disliking Thanksgiving Day openings, they were no longer forced to shop on the day, which is a trend that we expect to continue in 2017.
As Adobe reported, online sales were up on Thanksgiving Day last year, with $1.93 billion in spending, which was an 11.5 percent increase. While Americans do not like the idea of going to brick-and-mortar locations to shop on Thanksgiving, online shopping on Turkey Day appears to be a fair and welcomed compromise.
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