Thanksgiving isn’t just about about giving thanks with a big turkey dinner with friends and family anymore. Instead, many consumers who are anxious to get a great deal on a new TV, the latest video game, or the hottest toys on their Christmas shopping list will be rushing out the door to the pre-Black Friday sales on November 26.
Although CNN reports that retailers expect poor holiday sales this year, it certainly doesn’t sound like there will be a shortage of shoppers judging from all of the Black Friday chatter online. Consumers who plan to head out on Thanksgiving to score a few holiday deals at big box retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, will find the stores open and filled with discounted merchandise. However, just like last year, some stores have decided that their employees need a break, so they are closing their stores on Thanksgiving Day.
I can’t wait for Black Friday shopping omgg
— Morgan (@morgan_gummo) November 16, 2015
Which stores will be closed on Thanksgiving? The number keeps growing, but it doesn’t outweigh the retailers who have decided that opening their doors for doorbuster deals is far more important than enjoying that last slice of pumpkin pie on Thursday night. Last year, Think Progress reported that less than 20 retailers were closed on the holiday, but for 2015, there are at least 10 more stores that have decided to stay closed.
According to Deal News, at least 30 major retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving including Nordstrom, Staples, Gamestop, Lowe’s, Barnes and Noble, and Harbor Freight Tools. If you’re headed out to buy pet supplies, Petco and Petsmart will be closed as well.
All TJX stores will not be open on the holiday, including Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods. Costco and BJs will not open on Thanksgiving, as well as DSW, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, and Babies R Us. REI states that they will stay closed on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
The first rule of Black Friday shopping… pic.twitter.com/UTxPjQSIT2
— Swedish Canary (@SwedishCanary) November 15, 2015
If you want to work off that turkey dinner and fight the crowds on November 26, there are a number of retailers who will be happy to see you show up with your debit or credit card to help stimulate the economy.
Some of the most popular stores that will be open on Thanksgiving include Walmart, Target, Macy’s, JC Penney, and Kohl’s. Deal News reports that several stores will be open all day and others will be open after 5 p.m. Here’s a current list of store hours at popular retailers just in case you want to plan your dinner around the sales.
Walmart – 6 p.m. (most Walmart Superstores Open 24 hours)
Best Buy – 5 p.m.
Big Lots – 7 a.m.
Dick’s Sporting Goods – 5 p.m.
Kmart – 6 p.m.
Kohl’s – 6 p.m.
JC Penney – 5 p.m.
Sears – 6 p.m.
Macy’s – 6 p.m. (some locations open later)
Michael’s – 4 p.m.
Old Navy – 4 p.m.
Sears – 6 p.m.
Toys “R” Us – 5 p.m. (varies by location)
Target – 6 p.m.
Ulta Beauty – 8 p.m.
Victoria’s Secret – 6 p.m.
Dollar General – 7 a.m.
Five Below – 6 p.m.
Gander Mountain – 9 a.m.
Goody’s – 4 p.m.
— Forbes (@Forbes) November 14, 2015
Many stores will be offering their Black Friday deals online on Thanksgiving and that’s great news for shoppers who do not want to move off the couch after they eat a big holiday meal.
One of the most-anticipated sales of the season is the Walmart Black Friday sale, and the popular retailer will be one of many who will offer their deals online all day on Thanksgiving. Walmart stores will open at 6 p.m. on November 26, but their doorbuster deals will be available to consumers online at Walmart.com starting at 12:01 a.m. PT/ 3:01 a.m. ET.
Will you be heading out to score a few doorbuster deals on Thanksgiving, or will you stay home and shop online?
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