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Black Thursday: Which Stores Are & Aren't Open on Thanksgiving

The Short of It

Thanksgiving is no longer just about turkey and family, and Black Friday is no longer just on Friday anymore. Last year, stores started opening their doors at 7 p.m. on Thursday, and this year, some stores are starting their "Black Friday" sales at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The Lowdown

In a time when most people are looking for bargains online, stores are trying hard to entice buyers to leave their homes to shop. In an effort to give customers what they want, many retailers have decided to open their doors for shopping hours on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is a list of the stores and the times they will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Walmart: 6 p.m.
  • Kmart: 6 a.m.
  • Sears: 6 p.m.
  • Macy's: 6 p.m.
  • J.C. Penney: 5 p.m.
  • Target: 6 p.m.
  • Kohls: 6 p.m.
  • Best Buy: 5 p.m.
  • Staples: 6 p.m.
  • Toys R US: 5 p.m.
  • Radio Shack: 8 a.m. to noon
  • Big Lots: 7 a.m.

The Upshot

No worries, not all stores are willing to open on the holiday. Many retailers say they want to give their workers the day off. Three states—Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island—ban stores from being open on Thanksgiving. T.J. Maxx and Marshalls stores will be closed so their associates can enjoy the holiday with family and friends, and several other stores feel the same way.

In case you're curious, none of these stores will be open on Thursday: Costco, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Barnes & Noble, Patagonia, Dillard's, Crate and Barrel, Neiman Marcus, GameStop, Nordstrom, Bed Bath & Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory and REI.

Whether you shop on Thanksgiving Day or Black Friday, enjoy your time with family.

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