Here Are the Stores That Won't be Open Thanksgiving Day

These national chains say their workers should spend Thanksgiving with family.

BySusanna Kim
November 25, 2014, 5:55 AM
PHOTO: Shoppers heading to the stores after Christmas should be on the lookout for deals.
Shoppers heading to the stores after Christmas should be on the lookout for deals.
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— -- intro: While some stores are beating each other to the punch to open their doors as early as possible on Thanksgiving, others are encouraging their workers to enjoy turkey at home.

Stores like Costco and Nordstrom are choosing to stay closed on Thanksgiving, while companies like Kmart will open at 6 a.m. that day.

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Here are some of the national chains that are choosing to stay closed this Thanksgiving:

quicklist: title: American Girl media: category:text: American Girl’s retail stores, as well as its corporate headquarters, will be closed on Thanksgiving, according to a spokeswoman for Mattel, which purchased American Girl doll-maker Pleasant Company in 1998. The spokeswoman said it has been been American Girl’s policy to be closed on Thanksgiving since its founding in 1986.

quicklist: title: Barnes and Noblemedia: category:text: "We want our booksellers to have the opportunity to enjoy what is a family holiday," said Barnes and Noble spokeswoman Mary Ellen Keating.

quicklist: title: BJ'smedia: category:text: All BJ’s Clubs will open on Black Friday, November 28, at 7 a.m. all Clubs are closing at 10 p.m. For some Clubs this is an hour later than usual.

“Consistent with our company values, BJ’s Wholesale Club will, once again, remain closed on Thanksgiving Day,” said Laura Sen, President & CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club. “To give our team a well-deserved holiday, our home office, 206 clubs and three distribution centers will be closed, allowing our 25,000 dedicated Team Members the time they deserve to celebrate all that they are grateful for in the company of family and friends.”

quicklist: title: Burlingtonmedia: category:text: Burlington, no longer Burlington Coat Factory, will remain closed on Thanksgiving, like it has over the last several years. Stores will be open from 7 a.m on Black Friday.

“All Burlington locations will remain closed on Thanksgiving so that our associates and customers can spend the special holiday with their loved ones," a statement from the company read. "Unlike other retailers that will be offering limited-time holiday discounts on Thanksgiving, Burlington offers designer merchandise at up to 65 percent off department store prices every day. This will allow our customers to stay home and enjoy Thanksgiving with their family and friends without missing out on our stylish merchandise and gifts at great prices.”

quicklist: title: Costco media: category:text: Though Costco has some additional hours in the weeks leading up to Christmas, the warehouse will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, as usual.

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quicklist: title: Crate and Barrel media: category:text: The furniture and lifestyle brand has closed its doors on Thanksgiving since the company was founded in 1962.

quicklist: title: Dillard's media: category:text: "We have never been open on Thanksgiving, and this year is no exception," Julie Johnson Bull Inc. director of investor relations told ABC News. "We choose to remain closed on Thanksgiving to allow our associates time with their families and friends." Stores open at 8:00 am on Black Friday.

quicklist: title: DSW media: category:text: Earlier this month, the CEO of shoe retailer DSW Michael R. McDonald said in a statement, “We have decided not to follow the trend. Instead, we believe family comes first and you should be home celebrating with them on this special holiday. This means none of our stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day...”

quicklist: title: GameStop media: category:text: GameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving but open at 12:01 a.m. local time on Black Friday, the video game retailer's spokeswoman said.

"At GameStop we often use the phrase 'protect the family' in reference to our business, the company said, according to Daily Finance. "A large part of what that means to us is to not open any of our GameStop, SimplyMac, Spring Mobile or Cricket Wireless U.S. locations on Thanksgiving Day out of respect for our store associates and their families and friends."

quicklist:title: Hobby Lobbymedia:category:text: Like every Sunday, the arts and crafts chain with 600 stores in 47 states will be closed on Thanksgiving.

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quicklist: title: Home Depotmedia: category:text: The home and building store is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

quicklist: title: HomeGoodsmedia: category:text: A TJX spokeswoman Doreen Thompson told ABC News, “All of our T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and Sierra Trading Post stores will be closed on Thanksgiving and are scheduled to open on Friday morning, November 28th. We consider ourselves an Associate-friendly Company, and, we are pleased to give our Associates the time to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.”

quicklist: title: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores media: category:text: Jo-Ann stores have never been open Thanksgiving Day, a spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

quicklist: title: Marshallsmedia: category:text: Like other companies owned by TJX, Marshalls will be closed on Thanksgiving.

quicklist: title: Nordstrommedia: category:text: "Over the years our tradition has been to be closed on Thanksgiving so we are able to unveil our holiday trim the following morning," said Nordstrom spokesman Dan Evans, Jr.

quicklist: title: Patagoniamedia: category:text: Outdoor retailer Patagonia is not only staying closed on Thanksgiving, but encouraging people to invest in things they already own. On Monday, the company announced an investment in Yerdle, a company that helps people put goods back into circulation and avoid buying new things.

quicklist: title: Pier 1 Importsmedia: category:text: Chrissy Madison, spokeswoman for Pier 1 Imports said the store locations are closed on Thursday "to allow our associates to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with their family and friends."

quicklist: title: Publixmedia: category:text: Maria Brous, Publix spokeswoman, said, "In our 84 year history, we have never opened on Thanksgiving day. We reserve the holiday for associates to be with their families. The same is true of Christmas day and Easter Sunday." The company will have regular hours on Friday.

quicklist: title: REImedia: category:text: Like last year, REI will be closed on Thanksgiving, a spokeswoman confirmed, with stores opening at 8 a.m. on Friday.

quicklist: title: Sam's Club media: category:text: Unlike its namesake brand, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has one chain that will be closed on Thanksgiving. About 600 Sam's Club locations will not be open for business on Thursday.

quicklist: title: Sierra Trading Post media: category:text: Sierra Trading Post will be closed on Thanksgiving with the other TJX companies like Marshalls.

quicklist: title: T.J. Maxxmedia: category:text: "Maxxinistas" can take a break from the brick and mortar store on Thanksgiving.

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