2015 Thanksgiving Hours: What Stores And Restaurants Are Open On Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day 2015 is almost immediately upon everyone and there may come that moment that you realize you forgot cranberry sauce or realize that you just don’t feel like cooking. That being said, you need to know where you can go to pick up some items or where to go eat if you’re not in the mood to use the oven. Sure, many people feel as if all stores should be closed, but that won’t be happening for all locations.

Now, there are a lot of locations that are franchised out and choose to make their own hours, so they may choose to be closed when the majority of others are open. Always check with your local stores before Thanksgiving Day to see if they will be open and what their hours are.

According to the Black Friday, more stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day 2015 than in previous years. Many are pledging to stay closed for the holiday and allow employees to be with their families.

For those that don’t wish to cook or put anything together for dinner, there are going to be some restaurants open, but not a ton. Some local eateries and those that aren’t chains could have hours, so call ahead to be sure.

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As WATE pointed out, some franchise restaurants will be open while others won’t be. Just because an Applebee’s is open in one place doesn’t mean the other one that is five miles away is open.

Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving Day 2015

  • Applebee’s
  • Bojangles’ Famouse Chicken ‘n Biscuits
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Checkers
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Denny’s
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Golden Corral
  • IHOP
  • Jimmy John’s
  • McDonald’s
  • Panda Express
  • Popeyes
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Quiznos
  • Ruby Tuesday
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  • Shoney’s Waffle House
  • Sonic Drive-In

Grocery stores are something else that many people wonder about during the holidays. A lot of them will be closing their doors for all of Thanksgiving so be warned that if you forget something, you may have to brave Walmart crowds. Most groceries will be closed or at least have very limited hours in the morning and into the early afternoon.

Now, for those that want to get in some shopping and not wait for Black Friday 2015, there are going to be a lot of stores opening their doors. Some are open all day, but their big-time deals and sales won’t start until the afternoon or more so into the evening hours.

Be prepared to stand in line and wait though. You may also want to arrive rather early so you don’t miss out on some of the bigger and more popular items.

Store Hours on Thanksgiving Day 2015

  • Best Buy – 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday
  • Big Lots – 7 a.m. – 12 a.m. Friday
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday
  • HH Gregg – 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday
  • JCPenney – 3 p.m. into Black Friday
  • KMart – 7 p.m. into Black Friday 2015
  • Kohl’s – 6 p.m. into Black Friday
  • Macy’s – 6 p.m. into Black Friday
  • Michaels – 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Friday
  • RadioShack – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Sears – 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Friday
  • Sports Authority – 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Friday
  • Target – 6 p.m. into Black Friday
  • Toys R’ Us – 5 p.m. into Black Friday
  • Walmart – 24 hours, but Black Friday deals begin at 6 p.m.

There are the stores that don’t wish to be open on Thanksgiving Day and will be keeping their doors closed throughout. No matter what kind of deals and sales and money there is to be spent and made, some retailers would rather leave the holiday as a day when they don’t make any transactions.

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Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2015

  • Babies R’ Us
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Cabela’s
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillar’s
  • Fred’s
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s Electronics
  • GameStop
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • H-E-B
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • JoAnn Fabrics
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshall’s
  • Menards
  • Nordstrom
  • Patagonia
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Pep Boys
  • PetCo
  • Petsmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Staples
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Tractor Supply
  • True Value

This is about as complete of a list as you’re going to get for the big Thanksgiving Day 2015 holiday. Again, make sure to check with your local stores to see if they are following along with what most of the rest of the country is doing and to know their hours. Know what will be open and what will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so you aren’t stuck, confused, and hungry.

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