Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day – Black Friday Shopping [2018]

Thanksgiving Day Shopping Stores open and closed.

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Are you wondering whether your favorite stores are opened or closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, check out the list below.

How does the commercialization of the holidays make you feel?

You know we love getting deals and saving money, but where do you draw the line? When Black Friday was on the Friday after Thanksgiving we thrilled in getting up early to catch the sales. As retailers strategically moved their opening times earlier and earlier in the morning we cringed.

Then when the midnight opening started, we cringed some more, yet we were still attracted by some of the great prices. Now stores are open on Thanksgiving Day, and the start times are getting earlier and earlier. We will be sharing a list of stores open on Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday Statistics

According to a RichRelevance Survey, that 64.5% of consumers “hate” or “dislike” it when stores open on the holiday.

Yet in 2014, according to the National Retail Federation, 32% of Americans started their holiday shopping on Thanksgiving.

Now that Thanksgiving Day evening has become more commonplace – was it four or five years ago that this started — we continue to be lured by the sales, but are truly regretting that retailers make this option available.

Their employees are asked to work and leave family behind. Some are paid time-and-a-half or double-time, but is that compensation enough?

How do you feel about Black Friday Shopping?

What are your feelings about the retail infringement on what used to be a “sacred” family time?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below on a scale of 1 to 10:
1= Ugh – really dislike the idea of Thanksgiving Day Shopping
10= Yea! Thanksgiving Day shopping is the best way to save on holiday gifts.

If you’re going to go after Black Friday savings try our favorite site: If you create a user profile (F*REE) you can assemble a shopping list by store and save it or share it with others.

Facebook and Twitter:

Make sure you LIKE your favorite stores on Facebook. Many of them will be releasing exclusive information to Facebook and Twitter followers.

2019 Free Shipping Battles

Amazon announced that they will once again (just like 2018) offer free shipping with no minimum purchase on orders delivered through the holidays. They did this in response to shipping deals offered from Target and Walmart.

Amazon also said it would offer Prime Members free same day shipping on more than three million items.

Target announced that they are again offering free two-day holiday shipping on hundreds of thousands of items without requiring their normal $35 minimum purchase.

This offer is in effect from Friday, November 1, 2019 – Saturday, December 21, 2019, receive free standard or 2-day shipping.

Walmart is offering free NEXT-day shipping with a minimum purchase of $35. They also waived any “membership fees” to get this bonus. But they sweetened their deal by also including millions of items sold by their third-party merchants.

Cheers for Family Friendly on Black Friday:

We want to applaud the following companies who will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and encourage you (and us) to send a message to their leadership – we love when you value family over finances!

Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day

Neon sign that says "Closed" in red letters.

In the 5 years that we’ve been tracking Thanksgiving Day openings, this is the largest list of closed stores we’ve seen. These 85 stores will be closed on Thanksgiving but open on Black Friday:

  1. AC Moore Arts & Crafts
  2. ABT Electronics
  3. Academy Sports + Outdoors
  4. Ace Hardware
  5. Acme Tools
  6. Allen Edmonds
  7. American Girl
  8. Apple Stores
  9. at home
  10. AT&T
  11. Barnes & Noble
  12. Bed Bath & Beyond
  13. Big 5 Sporting Goods
  14. BJ’s Wholesale
  15. Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  16. Bob’s Discount Furniture
  17. Burlington
  18. Campmor
  19. Christmas Tree Shops
  20. Christopher & Banks
  21. Costco
  22. Cost Plus World Market
  23. Craft Warehouse
  24. Crate and Barrel
  25. Dillard’s
  26. DressBarn
  27. DSW: Designer Shoe Warehouse
  28. El Dorado Furniture
  29. Fred Meyer
  30. Fleet Farm
  31. Gardner-White Furniture
  32. Guitar Center
  33. H&M
  34. Half Price Books
  35. Harbor Freight
  36. HEB Grocery
  37. Hobby Lobby
  38. Home Depot
  39. HomeGoods
  40. HomeSense
  41. IKEA
  42. JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
  43. Jos. A. Bank
  44. La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
  45. Lamps Plus
  46. Lowe’s
  47. Mall of America (all stores)
  48. Marshalls
  49. Mattress Firm
  50. Menards
  51. Micro Center
  52. Music & Arts
  53. Neiman Marcus
  54. Nordstrom
  55. Nordstrom Rack
  56. Northern Tool
  57. Office Depot and OfficeMax
  58. Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
  59. Patagonia
  60. P.C. Richard & Son
  61. Pep Boys
  62. Petco
  63. PetSmart
  64. Pet Supplies Plus
  65. Pier 1 Imports
  66. Publix
  67. REI (closed Black Friday too)
  68. Sam’s Club
  69. Sam Ash
  70. Sears Outlet
  71. Sierra Trading Post
  72. Sportsman’s Warehouse
  73. Sprint
  74. Staples
  75. Stein Mart
  76. Sur La Table
  77. The Container Store
  78. The Original Mattress Factory
  79. The Paper Store
  80. TJ Maxx
  81. TSC Tractor Supply Company
  82. Trader Joes
  83. Trollbeads
  84. True Value
  85. Von Maur
  86. West Marine

Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day

Neon sign with a blue border and the word "Open" in red neon.

These 38 stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day:

  1. Bass Pro Shops: 8 am to 6 pm *
  2. Bealls: 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.; reopen 6 a.m. Friday *
  3. Belk: 4 pm to 1 am *
  4. Best Buy: 5 pm to 1 am *
  5. Big Lots: 7 am to Midnight *
  6. Boscov’s: 6 pm *
  7. Cabela’s: 8 am to 6 pm *
  8. CVS: Regular Business Hours *
  9. Dick’s Sporting Goods: 6 pm to 2 am *
  10. Dollar General: 7 am *
  11. Dunham’s Sports: 3 pm *
  12. Exchange (AAFES): 8 am *
  13. Family Dollar:  6 pm to 12 am check your local store’s hours *
  14. Finish Line: Check local stores for details
  15. Five Below: 6 pm *
  16. Fred’s: 9 am to 5 pm *
  17. GameStop: 3 pm *
  18. Gander Outdoors: 8 am *
  19. Goody’s: 1 pm *
  20. Gordmans: 3 pm*
  21. JCPenney: Thursday 2 pm to Friday at 10 pm *
  22. Kohl’s: 5 pm *
  23. Kmart: 6 am to Midnight *
  24. Macy’s: 5 pm to 2 am *
  25. Meijer- 6 am through Friday *
  26. Michael’s: 6 pm *
  27. Modell’s: 6 pm *
  28. New York & Company: 6 pm*
  29. Old Navy: Thursday 4 pm to Friday at 10 pm *
  30. Rite Aid: most stores open at 7 am on Thursday – check your local store. *
  31. Sears: 6 pm *
  32. Shopko: Thursday 4 pm to Friday at 2 am *
  33. Stage Stores: 1 pm to 1 am *
  34. Target: 5 pm to 1 am *
  35. Ulta: 5 pm *
  36. Victori’s Secret: Check local store hours (most are open at 5 pm)*
  37. Walgreens: 8 am Thursday – hours may vary by location *
  38. Walmart: 6 pm *

This list was compiled and cross-referenced from multiple sources  

Check with These Stores

  • DollarTree
  • 99Cent Only Stores
  • Everything 1 Dollar

PLEASE REMEMBER that the pursuit of deals is less important than your safety and the safety of those you shop with. Please be courteous, kind and helpful. It is the holiday season after all — spread the cheer!

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2 thoughts on “Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day – Black Friday Shopping [2018]

  1. Abeer

    Interesting article thanks for sharing this info about getting better deals on Black Friday. I really appreciate this. Hoping to save a lot of money.

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