Easter Sunday is just a few days away, and shoppers are already scrambling to buy Easter baskets, chocolate bunnies, egg coloring kits, and all the fixings for a big holiday feast.
If you’re an Easter basket procrastinator or simply don’t have enough time to get to the store this week, you may not have a lot of shopping options if you’re going to shop last-minute — many retail stores will be closed on Sunday, March 27.
Here’s a list of what’s open and what’s closed on Easter Sunday and a few tips on where to buy last-minute holiday gifts, flower, and food so you don’t show up at your family get-together empty-handed.
If your sweats and t-shirt aren’t acceptable Easter Sunday garb, make sure you shop for your new holiday duds before Sunday. According to Holiday Shopping Hours, most mall stores and clothing stores will be closed on Sunday, including Kohl’s, JCPenney, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Marshalls. And yes, Target will be closed on Easter, too.
However, there’s always Walmart if you run out of options. Saving Advice reports that it’s just about the only big-box retailer open on Easter. It’s one stop shopping for last-minute shoppers who need to buy clothes, baskets, Peeps, candy, flowers, and — if you are near a Walmart Super Center — ham and just about any other Easter dinner ingredients you may need.
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According to CNBC, there are over 4,000 Walmart stores across the U.S., but on the off chance that you don’t have one close by, a number of grocery stores and convenience stores are open on Easter Sunday.
Most 24-hour CVS stores, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, and 7-11 convenience stores will be open on Sunday, and while you won’t be able to buy a new Easter dress at either retailer, there’s a good chance you will find greeting cards, toys, candy, egg coloring kits, and — if they’re not sold out — a dozen eggs to color or use in a deviled egg recipe.
While a number of grocery store chains and small local supermarkets will close their doors on Easter Sunday, Holiday Shopping Hours states that Kroger, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and Winn-Dixie will be open for business. However, it’s always a good idea to call ahead to make sure — some locations may be closed or operating on a holiday schedule.
If you don’t have a grocery store open nearby and didn’t have time to buy an Easter ham, many restaurants will be serving holiday brunch, lunch, and dinner on Sunday, March 27.
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Easter is a popular holiday for dining out. According to the National Restaurant Association, more than 33 million Americans went out to eat on Easter in previous years, so expect this year to be just as busy.
Reservations may be required at high-end sit down restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and McCormick & Schmick’s. Expect long lines at buffet restaurants and popular chains like Applebee’s and TGI Friday’s.
Cracker Barrel is always a popular spot to get a cheap meal, and the chain is always busy on holidays. Most locations will be open for regular business hours on Easter, and while there isn’t a special holiday menu, ham is available under the “Country Dinner Plates” section of the menu.
If a buffet-style meal is more your style, expect to find most Golden Corral, Hometown Buffet, and Old Country Buffet restaurants open for business on March 27, with spiral ham available at many locations. Check with your local restaurant for hours and buffet prices.
Craving a fast food burger? Unfortunately most McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s restaurants will be closed on the holiday, but you may find a Starbucks open if you need a caffeine fix.
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