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Stores opening hours in Thanksgiving 2020: Walmart, Target, Costco...

Holiday season shopping is a tradition for many but this year many big-name stores will be closed. Here's our breakdown of where will and won't be open on 26 November.

Stores are usually open on Thanksgiving in the build up to Black Friday but covid-19 restrictions have seen some, like Best Buy and Macy's, forced to close.

In recent years Thanksgiving shopping has become increasingly popular as customers look to get ahead of the curve and pick up some early Black Friday deals. However this year that will not be possible as the majority of stores will remain shut as part of their covid-19 precautions.

Back in July, Walmart became the first major retailer to announce that they will not be opening their stores on Thanksgiving, for the first time since the late 1980s. In a memo to employees, Walmart CEO John Furner wrote:

"We know holiday shopping will be different this year, and we will be managing sales events differently.”

Which stores will be open on Thanksgiving?

However there are some stores that will be open on 26 November, provided that they do not contravene local coronavirus restrictions. The likes of Whole Foods, Dollar General, 7-11, Walgreens and Kroger will be open as usual this year in most states.

The exceptions will be in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island where local restrictions prevent stores opening on Thanksgiving this year. Other states have introduced their own rules, like in Pennsylvania where a ban on alcohol sales on Thanksgiving eve is hoped to reduce covid-19 transmissions. Some stores are imposing their own restrictions on opening hours this holiday season so it is worth checking before you head out. Walmart, for example, is only open from 7:00am to 8:30pm currently. 

Which stores will be closed on Thanksgiving?

  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware
  • Aldi
  • Apple (One exception is the Apple Fifth Avenue flagship in New York)
  • At Home
  • Banana Republic
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Bealls Florida
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • BJ's Wholesale Club
  • Boscov's
  • Burlington
  • buybuy Baby
  • Conn's HomePlus
  • Costco Wholesale Club
  • Dick's Sporting Goods
  • Dillard’s
  • Five Below
  • Fleet Farm
  • Forever 21
  • GameStop
  • Gap
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Ikea
  • Jared
  • J.Crew
  • J.C. Penney
  • Joann Stores
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Kohl's
  • Lowe’s
  • Lids
  • Macy's
  • Marshalls
  • Menards
  • Michaels
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Old Navy
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan
  • REI
  • Sally Beauty
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sephora
  • Shoe Carnival
  • Southeastern Grocers (includes BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie)
  • Staples
  • Target
  • TJ Maxx
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Value City Furniture
  • Vera Bradley
  • Walmart
  • World Market
  • Zales

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