Several years ago, retailers started their Black Friday sales earlier than ever, with some opening on Thanksgiving Day.
Then the trend changed. In response to feedback from employees and customers, some retailers reversed course, opting to stay closed on the holiday.
As a result, holiday shoppers have to plan ahead and know which stores they can hit up after Thanksgiving dinner and which can wait.
As Sears, Macy’s and JC Penney struggle to stay afloat and evolve online, it’s little surprise all three department stores are inviting shoppers in on Thanksgiving.
JC Penney has the earliest opening time of the three, at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Customers can shop straight through until 10 p.m. on Friday.
Macy’s will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday, and like JC Penney, won’t close until Black Friday is over.
Sears, which shuttered dozens of locations in 2017, will be open for six hours on Thanksgiving, from 6 p.m. until midnight.
Kohl’s and big box retailers including Best Buy and Walmart are also hoping to draw in shoppers on Thanksgiving.
On the flip side, TJMaxx and its offshoots Marshalls and HomeGoods will be closed on Thursday.
Wholesale clubs BJ’s and Costco are also sticking with tradition, opening early Friday morning.
Don’t expect to make a late night run for Swedish meatballs after your Thanksgiving feast. IKEA closes for all major holidays.
Be sure to check local store hours before heading out. And keep in mind that Massachusetts and Rhode Island have blue laws, which prevent retailers from opening on holidays.
You can check other retailers’ holiday hours on this website.