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15 Major Retailers That Are Closed on Thanksgiving

But you can order online anytime, and most stores open early for Black Friday

An illuminated Black Friday sign over the doorway of Macy's department store in New York City with shoppers in foreground.
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Don’t be surprised by the crowds on Black Friday, Nov. 25, the day when retailers traditionally make enough money to put them in the black for the year. “Our data tells us that this Thanksgiving holiday weekend will see robust store traffic with a record number of shoppers,” Matthew Shay, president of the National Retail Federation (NRF), said in a statement. The NRF expects a record 166.3 million shoppers during Thanksgiving weekend.

If you’re going to go out on Black Friday, it helps to go early, and retailers are glad to help by opening their doors early. Here’s a rundown of how some of the 15 largest brick-and-mortar retailers — excluding grocery stores — will handle Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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1. Apple Store

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 8 a.m.

Apple’s electronic wonderlands are generally packed even during non-holidays, but they’re closed on Thanksgiving. Expect big crowds on Black Friday.

2. B.J.’s Wholesale Club 

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 7 a.m.

BJ’s members can dash for deals during November on BJs.com and in-club, the company says. Early bird deals started Nov. 4 and will continue through Nov. 29.

3. Best Buy

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: Varies according to location. Best Buy employees will get to sleep in on Thanksgiving, but they will have to be up bright and early on Black Friday. The company says you can find all its best Black Friday deals online — even on Thanksgiving.​

4. Costco Wholesale

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 9 a.m.

Costco, the members-only warehouse retailer, has already started its Black Friday sales. Most online purchases can be delivered.​

5. Gap​​

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: Depends on mall hours

Gap employees can take a break on Thanksgiving, but doors will open early on Black Friday. Affiliated retailer Old Navy will welcome shoppers during normal hours on Friday.

6. The Home Depot

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: Varies by location.

If you’re thinking of getting Dad a chain saw (or a grill) for Christmas, you’re going to have to wait until Black Friday. But every day can be a Black Friday, since the chain has already started its Black Friday campaign online.​

7. Kohl’s

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 5 a.m.​​

Kohl’s 1,100 stores will be shuttered on Turkey Day, but doors will open early on Black Friday. Like most other retailers, Kohl’s has started Black Friday early, both in stores and online.

8. Lowe's

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: Regular business hours, usually 6 a.m.

Lowe’s has closed on Thanksgiving for many years, and this year will be no different. If you want to get an early start on Black Friday, the home improvement store has already started offering Black Friday deals.​

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9. Macy's

Open Thanksgiving? No​

Doors open on Black Friday: 6 a.m.

Presumably, Macy’s employees will be watching the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, but at any rate, they won’t be behind the counter. You can shop online ’til you drop on Thanksgiving or Black Friday.

10. Nordstrom​

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 8 a.m. (varies by location)

11. Petsmart​

Open Thanksgiving? No​

Doors open on Black Friday: 7 a.m.

Admit it: Rover and Mittens get their own holiday gifts. You can’t shop for them on Thanksgiving, but PetSmart is open early on Black Friday for gifts for your animal companions.​

12. Target

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 7 a.m.

Target says it will never be open on Thanksgiving. The retailer released its deals for the weeks leading up to Black Friday on its website.

13. TJX Companies

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 8 a.m.

TJX is a retail conglomerate whose best-known store is probably T.J. Maxx. (It also runs Marshall’s, HomeGoods and Sierra, among others.)

14. Tractor Supply

Open Thanksgiving? No

Doors open on Black Friday: 6 a.m.

The nation’s largest rural lifestyle retailer gives its employees the day off on Thanksgiving, but opens its doors early for Black Friday.

15. Walmart

​​Open Thanksgiving? No​​

Doors open on Black Friday: 5 a.m.

The nation’s largest retailer says it’s closing on Thanksgiving for the third year in a row. What time will its doors open on Black Friday? So far, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail giant is being coy. But it has already started offering Black Friday deals, so check its website. ​