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15 Big Stores That Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving

Big chains are dropping on-site sales on Turkey Day and making changes beyond Black Friday

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En español | Many Americans have embraced a new Thanksgiving tradition in recent years: hightailing it out after the big feed as big stores advanced their Black Friday sales into Turkey Day evening, or even afternoon.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to that, at least temporarily, for many. Since July, one big chain after another has announced that, in the interest of staff and shopper safety, their stores will go quiet on Thanksgiving Day. (We're talking about department and specialty stores, big boxes and warehouse clubs — major supermarkets and drug stores will by and large be open, albeit in some cases with reduced hours.)

"Let's face it,” Target said in a statement on its holiday plans. “Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isn't a year for crowds."

To avert the frenzied aisle scrums that have come to typify shopping on Black Friday (which this year falls on Nov. 27), major retailers are spreading out the savings, offering doorbuster-style discounts throughout the holiday season. They are emphasizing online browsing and expanding options for contactless payment and pickup. (Holiday deals site BlackFriday.com said that rather than doorbusters, this could be the year of the “curb buster” deal.)

Here's how some of the biggest retailers are refashioning the holiday shopping extravaganza. Check back regularly for additional stores and sale dates through Thanksgiving.

Bed Bath & Beyond 

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 6 a.m.  

The home goods chain reverts to tradition after opening on Thanksgiving for the first time last year. Through Christmas Eve, it’s offering a new holiday deal every day, along with expanded Black Friday promotions, including 20 percent off all online purchases and 25 percent off in stores for parts of Thanksgiving weekend. The store has also introduced contactless curbside pickup within two hours for online orders.

See Bed Bath & Beyond’s Black Friday deals.

Best Buy

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Most stores open at 5 a.m.

The electronics chain will hold a series of short (one- to four-day), branded sales events starting Nov. 5. Discounts advertised as Black Friday deals go on sale Nov. 22. (Members of the store's My Best Buy program get early access Nov. 16 and 17.)

See Best Buy's Black Friday deals.

BJ's Wholesale Club

Thanksgiving: Closed (also closed in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. for 60-plus)

BJ's customarily closes on Thanksgiving. The membership club's Black Friday deals drop on Nov. 20 (following 15 days of early bird specials) and run through the end of the month, with additional “five-day deals” debuting online on Turkey Day. Stores will run on their normal schedule on Black Friday.

See BJ's Black Friday deals.

Costco Wholesale

Thanksgiving: Closed (also closed in 2019)

Black Friday: Most stores open at 9 a.m.

Costco traditionally closes on Thanksgiving. The warehouse club's holiday discounts start Nov. 5, with special deals popping up on Thanksgiving (online only), Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday (Nov. 30). Most stores will open an hour earlier than usual on Black Friday.

See Costco's Black Friday deals.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 5 a.m.

The country’s biggest seller of sports gear kicks off its first “10 Days of Black Friday” sale online and in stores Nov. 18, with additional one-week discounts rolling out Nov. 22 and three-day deals starting on Thanksgiving. Dick’s says it is staffing up to provide one-hour curbside or in-store pickup for online orders and recently introduced an app, Scan-Pay-Play, for contactless shopping in select stores.

See Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Black Friday deals.

Home Depot

Thanksgiving: Closed (also closed in 2019)

Black Friday: Open, check store locator for hours.

Home Depot traditionally closes on Thanksgiving. It was one of the first major retailers to unveil plans for an extended Black Friday, announcing in early September that its seasonal deals would be available through much of November and December. Holiday discounts start on Nov. 6 for online shoppers and Nov. 8 at stores, the company said in an email statement.

See Home Depot's Black Friday deals.

J.C. Penney

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 5 a.m.

The department store, which is emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy with its sale in late October to two mall-focused property firms, is holding weekend sales events all November and offering limited-time Black Friday pricing on select items throughout the month.

See J.C. Penney's Black Friday deals.


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Kohl's

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 5 a.m.

In recent years, Kohl's has kicked off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving afternoon and stayed open all night. This year the department store chain joined the trend of taking Turkey Day off and says it will make Black Friday Week deals available online and in the store, with a priority on contactless options like drive-up pickup for online orders.

See Kohl's Black Friday deals.

Lowe's

Thanksgiving: Closed (also closed in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open 6 a.m.

Lowe's will not be open on Thanksgiving, in keeping with its usual holiday practice. The home improvement chain introduced a “Season of Savings,” with new online-only deals dropping daily through Dec. 2 and added self-service lockers for contactless pickup of orders. Stores will open on their normal schedule on Black Friday.

See Lowe's Black Friday deals.

Macy's

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Most stores open at 5 a.m.

Macy's stores will be closed on Thanksgiving for the first time since 2012. (The pandemic also forced a reimagining of the company's iconic holiday parade, which will be staged as a largely stationary, television-only event around the flagship Macy's in midtown Manhattan in New York City.) Black Friday discounts kick in on Nov. 16, but shoppers can preview deals online and bookmark their favorites starting Nov. 4, with some “early access” specials available now.

See Macy's Black Friday deals.

Marshalls/T.J. Maxx

Thanksgiving: Closed (also closed in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 8 a.m.

The discount department stores, both owned by the TJX Companies, have historically closed on Thanksgiving. Most locations will open two hours early on Black Friday. A TJX spokesperson said its stores, which also include the HomeGoods, Homesense and Sierra chains, do not have special Black Friday promotions but do produce holiday gift guides.

See Marshalls’ and T.J. Maxx's holiday deals.

Nordstrom

Thanksgiving: Closed (also closed in 2019)

Black Friday: Extended hours

The department store is stretching the Black Friday/Cyber Monday long weekend into 12 days of holiday sales, from Nov. 20 through Dec. 1, with new deals dropping every two or three days. Nordstrom has also expanded contactless pickup options, with longer hours and free gift-wrapping for curbside orders, and you can consult with a gifting expert via online chat. Stores, including Nordstrom Racks, will open early and close late on Black Friday — check locations near you for details.

See Nordstrom’s Black Friday preview.

Target

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 7 a.m.

Target launched “Black Friday Now” pricing Nov. 1, with new weekly deals announced each Thursday and starting each Sunday throughout the month. Stores will operate on their usual weekday schedule on Black Friday proper. Customers planning to shop in the store over the holidays can check online to see if there's a line at the door and even reserve a spot.

See Target's Black Friday deals.

Walmart

Thanksgiving: Closed (open in 2019)

Black Friday: Stores open at 5 a.m.

"Deals for Days” sales events start Nov. 4, with new specials rolling out at set intervals and 5 a.m. store openings on Nov. 7, 14 and 27. (No doorbuster free-for-alls — customers will be lined up for single entry.) There will also be contact-free curbside pickup for Black Friday deals at most stores.

Walmart-owned Sam's Club, which traditionally closes on Thanksgiving, is extending its annual “Thanks-Savings” sale from four days to 10 days, running Nov. 20 through 29. Sam's Club stores will open at 10 a.m. Black Friday (8 a.m. for Plus members, 7 a.m. for curbside orders).

See Walmart's Black Friday deals.

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