TAMPA (Tribune Media Wire/WFLA) – Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, and while many stores will have big sales that start on the holiday, some retailers have decided to close their doors this year.
According to the New York Times, the decision for these retailers to remain closed on this holiday is part of the latest evolution in retail industry’s scramble to figure out how to compete with the high demands of the holiday shopping season.
After in-store Thanksgiving Day sales sagged in recent years, many companies have decided the bad publicity attached with making employees work the holiday is no longer worth it.
Below is a list of major retailers who will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Stores closed on Thanksgiving
- American Girl
- AT&T (Customer Service Closed; Select Retail Locations Closed)
- Babies “R” Us
- Barnes & Noble
- Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
- Crate and Barrel
- Guitar Center
- H & M
- Hobby Lobby
- Home Depot
- HomeGoods (Allow employees to spend time with family)
- Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
- Jos. A. Bank
- Neiman Marcus
- Nordstrom Rack
- Office Depot and OfficeMax
- Pier 1 Imports
- Sam’s Club
- T.J. Maxx (Allow employees to spend time with family)
Some Mattress Firm stores will remain open on Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving Day has become an increasingly popular sale day, with many retailers opting to keep their doors open. While we encourage our employees to take a break during the holidays, we also embrace our entrepreneurial spirit, which is why some of our stores are choosing to remain open on Thanksgiving. To see if your local Mattress Firm store is open on Thanksgiving, visit: https://www.mattressfirm.com/stores/.”
According to a survey from BestBlackFriday.com, 72% of those polled believe stores should stay closed on Thanksgiving so workers can spend time with their families on the holiday.
The survey said 14% of respondents planned to shop on Thanksgiving while another 14% said stores should be open but didn’t plan to shop.
BestBlackFriday.com also projects that several other big retailers—including Dillard’s, Nordstrom, IKEA, Home Depot, Petsmart and Office Depot/OfficeMax—would close for Thanksgiving. Those closures have not been confirmed yet, so the list will likely grow in the coming weeks.