The topic of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day remains a controversial one, and more retailers may be added to the list in 2017. While there was somewhat of a pushback last year when HHGregg and Office Depot & OfficeMax changed course and decided to close on Thanksgiving, other stores doubled down and opened even earlier. GameStop, a retailer that had been closed on Thanksgiving in recent years, has already announced their plans to be open for business this year.
Thanksgiving Day is on Thursday, November 23, 2017, and more than 40 national retailers will be open. Hours vary by location, so take this list as general guidance. You can also see our running list of Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2017 and Black Friday 2017 Hours.
Confirmed Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day 2017
- Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
- Bealls Florida – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
- Belk – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
- Bergner’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
- Best Buy – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
- Big Lots -7 a.m. to midnight
- Bon-Ton – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
- Boscov’s – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
- Boston Store – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
- Cabela’s – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Carson’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
- CVS Pharmacy (hours not yet announced)
- Dick’s Sporting Goods – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday
- Dollar General – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Dunham’s Sports – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
- Elder-Beerman – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
- Five Below – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
- Fred’s Pharmacy – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- GameStop – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Herberger’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
- JCPenney – Thanksgiving 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday
- Kohl’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT Black Friday (doorbusters end this time)
- Kmart – Opens 6 a.m.; Doorbusters Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Black Friday; Some stores to close at 12 a.m. or 2 a.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Friday
- Macy’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday or Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday before reopening at 6 a.m. Friday. Doorbusters until Friday at 1 p.m.
- Meijer – 6 a.m.
- Michaels – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Opens at 5 p.m. for Rewards members.
- New York & Company (hours not yet announced)
- Rite Aid – Hours Vary by Location (most stores open)
- Sears – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Shopko – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 2 p.m. Black Friday
- Stage Stores – Thanksgiving 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
- Target – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Toys R Us – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Black Friday
- ULTA – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday
- Value City Furniture – 6 p.m. to Midnight
- Walgreens – Varies by Location
- Walmart – 6 p.m.
- Younker’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
You can review the Thanksgiving Day 2016 Openings List to get a better idea of all of the stores to expect this year.
Thanksgiving Hours Information
Retailers handle being open on Thanksgiving in two different ways.
1. Open on Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday.
2. Open on Thanksgiving, close for a few hours, and open again on Black Friday morning.
For stores remaining open the entire night into Friday, we will post the complete hours because it’s really just one big continuous sale. For stores opening on Thanksgiving but closing at some point before Friday, we will only post the Thursday hours.
GameStop Will Be Open This Year, and Other Stores Could Follow Their Lead
As we recently reported, GameStop announced their controversial decision to open on Thanksgiving Day this year. While GameStop cited “family time” as the reason for remaining closed on Turkey Day in recent years, they are claiming that employees and customers have asked for them to be open this year.
Regardless of GameStop’s reason, all stores are faced with a dilemma when it comes to their decision to open or close on Thanksgiving. Numerous surveys conducted by BestBlackFriday.com over the years have shown that Americans do not view stores that choose to open on Thanksgiving in a favorable light. Last year’s survey showed that only around 18 percent of respondents were in favor of Turkey Day openings, and that figure has not changed much over the past few years. Our 2017 survey results will be in towards the end of September.
On the other hand, a ton of people shop on Thanksgiving, and remaining closed means lost sales. While reputation is important, there is a significant number of people shopping on Thanksgiving. GameStop ultimately made the decision to take a hit to their reputation in order to have a chance at capturing some of the sales that are inevitably going to happen.
Whether or not any other stores decide to reverse course and open on Thanksgiving Day remains to be seen, but it is a very individual decision for each retailer. ShopperTrak reports that retail traffic to brick-and-mortar stores on Thanksgiving last year was slightly down. Adobe reports that online sales on Thanksgiving Day last year were significantly up. A compromise is to only have online sales on Turkey Day, but there is just too much to lose for many retailers in closing on Thursday.
Thanksgiving May Be More Important Than Black Friday
Black Friday is still going to see more sales than Thanksgiving, both online and offline, but Thanksgiving may have the better doorbusters. Prior to around 2013, most of the top Black Friday doorbusters were in-store only and not available until Friday morning. While Black Friday still does have some exclusive in-store only doorbusters, a majority of the top items actually become available on Thanksgiving.
With more top doorbusters being available online, this is good news for stores who decide to remain closed on Thanksgiving. They can easily win over shoppers with better online doorbusters than their competitors. Regardless of the push towards online shopping, over $1.5 billion will likely be spent in retail stores on Thanksgiving Day 2017. That is a lot of potential sales, and they will be split between the select few stores that decide to open.
In other words, Black Friday will see more in total sales, but the money will be spread out among a lot more stores. Thanksgiving Day will see fewer sales, but the money will be spread out among fewer retailers.