For the second year in a row, the majority of major retailers will keep their stores closed on Thanksgiving.
The long list of stores closed includes Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and JCPenney, which for years opened for in-person Black Friday shopping on the holiday.
Select grocery stores across the country are open Thursday, many with limited hours.
Like last year to limit crowds and spread out demand, retailers started rolling out deals before Halloween and have turned a weekend shopping blitz into an extended event.
Stores including Home Depot, Lowe’s, Costco and Apple have traditionally stayed closed on the holiday.
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Because of state laws, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. Stores in some areas also have varied hours because of county or municipal laws.
Several restaurants also are closed on Thanksgiving. (See the list of who is open and who is closed here.)
Target announced Monday it is making its Thanksgiving Day closing permanently.
Target is the first major retailer to make such a permanent move during the pandemic, and its decision could push other retailers to follow in its path, says Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics, a retail research firm. He believes retailers are also looking at whether it’s worth spending money on labor and other costs to open on Thanksgiving when shoppers are turning more to online shopping and away from physical stores.
“With all these online shopping opportunities, is it really necessary to open on Thanksgiving?” Perkins said.
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Because of state laws, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores will be closed Thanksgiving. Stores in some areas could also have varied hours because of local or state restrictions. To be on the safe side check with stores before heading out. The majority of pharmacies are closed.
Acme Market: Most stores open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., all pharmacies are closed.
Albertsons: Hours vary, but most have shorter hours.
Bashas’ Supermarkets: Open until 3 p.m.
Dillons: Open until 3 p.m.
Food Lion: Varies, but many open until 4 p.m.
Fred Meyer: Open until 3 p.m.
The Fresh Market: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fresh Thyme: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Giant Company: Open until 2 p.m. Pharmacies will be closed all day.
Giant Food: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Most pharmacies will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Harris Teeter: Stores close at 2 p.m.
H-E-B: 6 a.m. to noon
Hy-Vee: Varies but most stores close early.
King Soopers: All stores open until 4 p.m. Most pharmacies closed.
Kroger: Open until 5 p.m.
Meijer: Stores open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ralphs: Most stores open until 10 p.m.
Save A Lot: Varies.
Smart & Final: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sprouts Farmers Market: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop & Shop: Connecticut, New Jersey and New York stores open until 3 p.m. Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores are closed.
Tops: Open until 4 p.m.
Wegmans: Most locations open until 4 p.m. but Massachusetts stores will be closed.
Whole Foods Market: Varies. Many stores open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Many gas station convenience stores will be open normal hours Thursday. Check with your store before heading out. Because of state laws, expect Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores to remain closed on Thanksgiving.
Bass Pro Shops: Open 9 a.m.
Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cabela’s: Open 9 a.m.
CVS: Most locations open regular hours but most pharmacies will be closed.
Dollar General: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dollar Tree: Most stores will be open with shorter hours.
Family Dollar: Most stores will be open with shorter hours.
GameStop: Varies, not all locations are open but some are open 5 to 9 p.m.
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Rite Aid: Most locations open regular hours but most pharmacies will be closed.
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Walgreens: Most locations open regular hours but most pharmacies will be closed.
More stores: Smaller chains and local stores may also be open on Thanksgiving. Some will post special hours on social media.
This story will be updated.
Contributing: Associated Press
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