Retailers close doors for Thanksgiving shopping


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Black Friday is a day full of crowds, deals and even some adrenaline. In the past few years stores have opened earlier and earlier, overshadowing Thanksgiving with early holiday shopping.

Now some retailers are taking a stand against the growing trend, putting up their closed signs this Thanksgiving.

“We’ve always been closed on thanksgiving which is a true blessing,” said Academy Sports Assistant Manager Rob Crowley.

Employees like Antony Bryan are grateful to work for a company that puts their employees before profit.

He’s a full-time college student at Indiana State University so free time is something he doesn’t take for granted.

“That time with family is really important so getting that taken away would be really awful so I’m glad and thankful that we get it off here,” said Bryan.

“I have in the past in my other jobs have had to work that day and it’s always kind of cumbersome to get up that morning, work a full day, and then be ready for that next day,” said Crowley. “So it’s always a long day for managers and their team members.”

Nearly 50 big box stores have announced they’ll be closed on Thanksgiving. Below is the list of stores closed:

  • A.C. Moore
  • Academy Sports
  • American Girl
  • AT&T (Customer Service + Select Retail Locations)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cabela’s
  • Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • Gamestop
  • Guitar Center
  • Harbor Freight
  • HHGregg
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • IKEA
  • Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America (Subject to Individual Store Changes)
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Mills Fleet Farm
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Max / Office Depot
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • The Container Store
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Tractor Supply

While these retailers are taking a stand against the early shopping trend, Stores like Macy’s have announced they’re opening earlier than usual at 5 p.m.

USA Today reported that 54% of adults dislike or strongly dislike stores staying open on Thanksgiving.

So while retailers decide when to open their doors, Antony is already counting down the days to spending Thanksgiving just how he pictured.

“Getting to spend time with the family and watch football games and getting time to prep for Black Friday,” said Bryan. “It’s a really cool opportunity to have Thanksgiving off.”