Many retailers decide to stay closed on Thanksgiving

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — If you plan on heading out to score some holiday deals right after cutting your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, you might find some of your favorite stores are closed.

After opening their doors in years past on Turkey Day, a growing number of stores are deciding to stay locked up until Black Friday.

According to, dozens of national retailers are deciding to stay closed on Turkey Day, including popular stops like Costco, Dillards, Home Depot and IKEA.

Grocery store giant Publix has stayed closed on Thanksgiving since they were founded in 1930, despite the potential impact that decision could have on profits.

“It does cut into business, but at the end of the day, our associates are more important to us at that point and its important to them to have the opportunity to spend time with their families,” said Brian West, a spokesperson for the grocery store.

National retailer Petco will also be closed on Thanksgiving this year.

“We believe in putting our partners and their families first and it’s a great thing to do leading into our busy holiday time of year,” said Petco’s Steve Bredt.

Bredt insists those deals will still be there a day later and encourages folks to spend time with the people they love at home and not in store aisles.

Here are the retailers closed on Thanksgiving: (some may not have Bay Area locations)

A.C. Moore
American Girl
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond (Select locations; shoppers should call their local store)
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Crate and Barrel
Guitar Center
Harbor Freight
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Mattress Firm
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom Rack
Office Max/Office Depot
Pier 1 Imports
Sam’s Club
Sierra Trading Post
The Container Store
T.J. Maxx
Tractor Supply

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