Employees at many retailers will be able to spend Thanksgiving with their families as many will be closed this year to observe the holiday.
Past years have seen many stores opening earlier and earlier so that shoppers can get a jump start on Black Friday deals.
However, due to backlash from customers, many stores are back to staying closed on Thanksgiving in 2022. So, if you are planning to do some shopping on Thanksgiving, make sure to avoid these retailers.
Stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving:
Plenty of big-box retail stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, which is November 24, 2022. Sam’s Club, Best Buy, and Home Depot are among the major stores closing for the holiday.
Stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving include:
However, some stores will be open on Thanksgiving.
If you do need to run out to pick up some last-minute ingredients or a gift to take to someone's home, there are a few stores that will be open on Thanksgiving. They include:
- Albertsons (6 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
- CVS (All 24-hour locations and 24-hour pharmacies will be open at regular hours)
- Dollar General (7 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
- Kroger (some stores may operate with reduced hours)
- Walgreens (All 24-hour locations and 24-hour pharmacies will be open at regular hours)
- Whole Foods (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Be sure to double-check your local store's hours before heading out!
Walmart first made the decision to close on Thanksgiving in 2020.
For the first time since 1980, Walmart made the decision to close on Thanksgiving amid the COVID-19 pandemic to give their employees a much-deserved break.
"We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones,” Walmart CEO John Furner said at the time.
Target CEO Brian Cornell followed suit and shared that the retailer would continue to stay closed 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 in a statement.
As expected, customers aren't upset about the stores closing their doors so employees can spend time with their families.
"Happy to hear that Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Khol's will be closed on Thanksgiving this year. I never liked how Black Friday was beginning to start on Thanksgiving in recent years," one person tweeted before another added, "I am so happy to see so many stores are now closed on Thanksgiving, as they should be. A good sign for sure!"