In years past, it was not uncommon for big name stores to welcome customers on Thanksgiving, or open on Thanksgiving evening, hours before the official start of Black Friday.
However, the pandemic has seen the practice change over the last three years, with many retailers that used to open on the last Thursday of every November now shut for the holiday.
Walmart and Target are among the retailers that have announced permanent closures on Thanksgiving moving forward.
But that doesn’t mean that the closures have become the norm across the board, as there are many retailers that will remain open today.
Starbucks is one retailer that plans to welcome customers on the holiday, while certain supermarkets, such as Whole Foods, will also be open this Thanksgiving.
For everything to know about the retailers that will be open this Thanksgiving, and those that will be closed for the holiday, follow along with our liveblog below.
Tuesday 22 November 2022 21:29 , Chelsea Ritschel
Walmart stores across the country used to remain open on Thanksgiving. However, the practice changed in the beginning of the pandemic, when the retailer closed on the holiday in 2020 and 2021.
In an update shared with the Today show last month, Walmart’s chief executive announced the change would be permanent going forward, and that being open on Thanksgiving was “a thing of the past”.
Tuesday 22 November 2022 21:39 , Chelsea Ritschel
Target will also be closed this Thanksgiving, a decision made after the retailer also closed on the holiday in 2020 and 2021.
The announcement that the company had made the closure permanent was shared last year by Brian Cornell, Target’s CEO, who said: “What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard.”
Tuesday 22 November 2022 21:42 , Chelsea Ritschel
Bed Bath & Beyond will be closed on Thursday 24 November as well, after the company announced last year that it would close its stores on Thanksgiving so employees “can be with friends and family during the important holiday”.
Tuesday 22 November 2022 21:56 , Chelsea Ritschel
While there are certain supermarkets that will be open on Thanksgiving, Costco has announced it will not be one of them.
The retailer closes on a number of federal holidays, including Christmas, Memorial Day, and New Year’s Day.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 00:00 , Chelsea Ritschel
Ulta Beauty will be closed on Thanksgiving as well. The cosmetics retailer said it made the decision with its employees in mind.
“Keeping our associates at the heart of our decisions, we cherish the beauty of time spent with loved ones. To show our continued appreciation for our associates’ dedication, Ulta Beauty will be closed Thanksgiving Day 2022,” the company said. “To kick off the holiday season, Ulta Beauty is dedicating more time for everyone to create beautiful memories.”
Wednesday 23 November 2022 01:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Sephora will also be closed on Thanksgiving, according to the company’s website.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 02:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Best Buy, which used to open its stores around 5pm on Thanksgiving Day, has also confirmed on its website that stores will not be open on the holiday this year.
However, the company notes that “almost all Best Buy retail stores open at 5am on Black Friday”.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 03:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Kohl’s also confirmed on its website that its stores will not be open on Thanksgiving.
“Last year, Kohl’s served millions of customers both in store and online throughout Black Friday week, and we look forward to delivering that same incredible experience to our customers again this year,” the retailer said. “Customers looking to shop Kohl’s on Thanksgiving Day will be able to shop on Kohls.com and in the Kohl’s App. “
Wednesday 23 November 2022 04:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Macy’s is included in the list of retailers that will not be opening their doors this Thanksgiving.
However, the retailer will open on Black Friday with extended hours, with Macy’s stores open the day after Thanksgiving from 6am to 11.59pm.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 05:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
The majority of Apple stores in the US will be closed on Thanksgiving. However, Apple will keep its flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan open on the holiday.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 08:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Home Depot will also close its doors on Thanksgiving this year. However, the store will open on Black Friday at 6am.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 10:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Retailers under the TJX Companies umbrella, which include TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, Sierra and HomeSense, will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 11:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Lowe’s will also join big name retailers in closing its doors on Thanksgiving this year. The company is expected to open stores at 6am on Friday.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 14:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Unlike a number of supermarkets, Trader Joe’s will also close on Thanksgiving, according to the company’s website.
The stores will resume normal operating hours on Black Friday.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 18:14 , Chelsea Ritschel
As for the stores that will be open on 24 November, a number of retailers have assured customers they will be greeted with open doors on Thanksgiving.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:47 , Chelsea Ritschel
Starbucks has confirmed most stores will be open on Thanksgiving, however, the coffee chain noted that hours may vary depending on location.
“This holiday season, Starbucks store hours vary by location and stores may occasionally adjust their hours based on business and customer needs,” the company said. “We recommend customers look for specific store hours using the Starbucks app or by visiting our website store locator.”
Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:53 , Chelsea Ritschel
Most Walgreens stores will be open from 9am to 6pm on 24 November, while 24-hour locations and pharmacies will operate as usual.
According to Walgreens, the company will resume normal hours on Friday 25 November.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 20:59 , Chelsea Ritschel
According to Acme, stores will be open with limited hours on Thanksgiving, with many operating from 7am to 4pm. To see when the supermarkets will be open, customers are encouraged to check local store hours here.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 22:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
For those who need last-minute ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner, Stop & Shop supermarkets will also be open but operating with limited hours.
Customers can check the hours of their nearest Stop & Shop here.
Wednesday 23 November 2022 23:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Most Wegmans supermarkets will be open on Thanksgiving, however, most locations will close at 4pm and reopen at 6am the following day.
According to the company, its Northborough, Chestnut Hill, Burlington, Westwood, and Medford locations will not be open on Thanksgiving, while its Brooklyn location will close at 4pm and reopen on 7am Friday 25 November.
You can find more information about store hours on Wegmans’ website.
Thursday 24 November 2022 00:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Most Whole Foods locations will be open but operating on limited hours on Thanksgiving. However, some locations will be closed, with customers encouraged to check hours of their local Whole Foods.
Thursday 24 November 2022 01:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Most CVS locations will be open on Thanksgiving, with hours differing by location. You can find more about your local CVS here.
Thursday 24 November 2022 02:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Wawa stores will also be open on Thanksgiving. While some hours may vary by location, 24-hour locations will operate as usual.
Thursday 24 November 2022 03:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Most Rite Aid locations will be operating as usual on Thanksgiving as well. However, some hours may differ, with customers encouraged to check Rite Aid’s website for more information about local stores.
Thursday 24 November 2022 04:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Kroger locations will be open on Thanksgiving but will close at 4pm.
Thursday 24 November 2022 05:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
Dollar General stores will also be open on Thanksgiving from 7am to 10pm.
Thursday 24 November 2022 11:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
While the amount of closures this year may be surprising, they come after the pandemic forced many companies to close on Thanksgiving in 2020 and 2021.
For many companies, the change to holiday hours amid the pandemic has become permanent, with retailers such as Walmart and Target announcing they have no intention of returning to the days where stores were open on Thanksgiving.
Thursday 24 November 2022 12:10 , Chelsea Ritschel
According to Walmart’s CEO John Furner being open on Thanksgiving is “a thing of the past”.
“It’s a thing of the past, we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving,” he told Savannah Guthrie on the Today show last month.
BREAKING: Walmart U.S. CEO John Furner announces that the store will be closed on Thanksgiving.
“It's a thing of the past, we'll be closed on Thanksgiving,” he told @SavannahGuthrie. pic.twitter.com/4OSrln0ZkM
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 19, 2022
Thursday 24 November 2022 14:18 , Amber Raiken
Target’s CEO, Brian Cornell, announced last year that the store will be closed on Thanksgiving, going forward.
“What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard — one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests’ holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours,” he said. “Thanksgiving store hours are one thing we won’t ‘get back to’ when the pandemic finally subsides.”
Thursday 24 November 2022 15:22 , Amber Raiken
Some pharmacies will be open today, including CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid. However, hours depend based on the location of each store.
Thursday 24 November 2022 16:29 , Amber Raiken
Kroger is open today until 4 PM, according to the grocery store’s website.
Thursday 24 November 2022 17:13 , Amber Raiken
Home Depot will be closed on today, but will reopen tomorrow for Black Friday. The store’s hours of operation for the day after Thanksgiving depend on location.
Thursday 24 November 2022 18:46 , Amber Raiken
Albertsons is currently open today, but it will be closing at 4 PM, according to the grocery store’s weekly ad.
Thursday 24 November 2022 19:00 , Amber Raiken
As noted by Costco’s website, all stores in the US will be closed today for the holiday.
Thursday 24 November 2022 20:22 , Amber Raiken
Multiple grocery stores including Publix, Sam’s Club, and Trader Joe’s, will be closed today, just like they have been in previous years.
Thursday 24 November 2022 21:14 , Amber Raiken