For the last decade, Black Friday in-store sales have continued to creep into Thanksgiving, eating into time people used to spend around the holiday table.
Not this year during the coronavirus pandemic.
Retailers that have kicked off Black Friday on Thanksgiving in 2019 and past years are keeping the doors closed this Thanksgiving, moving more of the hottest deals online.
Walmart was the first to announce in July that it wouldn’t open stores on Thanksgiving for the first time since the late 1980s and others including Target and Best Buy quickly followed saying it was a way to support and protect employees in a trying year.
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The holiday shopping season got off to an earlier start and sales are lasting longer as retailers look to spread demand and reduce crowds. Sales dubbed “Black Friday” started in early November but there are still many new rounds of sales this week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified “shopping at crowded stores just before, on or after Thanksgiving” on a list of higher-risk activities to avoid and in guidance issued ahead of the fall holidays also suggested more online shopping.
Stores closed on Thanksgiving 2020
Here are the major retailers staying closed on Thanksgiving Day:
Thanksgiving Day grocery store hours
Because of state laws, Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores will remain closed Thanksgiving. Stores in some areas could also have varied hours because of local or state restrictions amid the pandemic.
Acme Market: Most stores open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., all pharmacies closed.
Albertsons: Hours vary, but most have shorter hours..
Bashas’ Supermarkets: Open until 3 p.m.
Dillons: Open until 4 p.m.
Food Lion: Open until 4 p.m.
Fred Meyer: Open until 3 p.m.
The Fresh Market: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fresh Thyme: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Giant Company: Open until 3 p.m.
Giant Food: Open until 3 p.m.
Giant Eagle Supermarkets: Open until 3 p.m.
Harris Teeter: All stores close 2 p.m.
H-E-B: 6 a.m. to noon
Hy-Vee: Normal hours.
King Soopers: Stores open until 4 p.m., pharmacies closed.
Kroger: All stores open until 5 p.m., pharmacies closed.
Ralphs: Most stores open until 10 p.m.
Safeway: Varies, but shortened hours.
Smart & Final: 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sprouts Farmers Market: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stop & Shop: Connecticut, New Jersey and New York stores open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. while Massachusetts and Rhode Island stores are closed.
Tops: Open until 4 p.m.
Wegmans: Most locations open until 4 p.m. but Massachusetts stores will be closed.
Whole Foods Market: Varies. Many stores open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WinCo Foods: Stores close by 3 p.m.
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Other stores open Thanksgiving 2020
Many stores are still operating with reduced hours due to COVID-19 and others will reduce hours further Thursday. Many gas station convenience stores will be open normal hours. Check with your store before heading out. Click on store names to search for location-specific information.
Bass Pro Shops: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Belk: Open for curbside and in-store pickup from 4 to 11 p.m.; reopen 7 a.m. Black Friday.
Big Lots: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.; reopen 6 a.m. Black Friday
Cabela’s: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; reopen 5 a.m. Black Friday.
CVS: Most locations open regular hours but most pharmacies will be closed.
Dollar General: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., excludes Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Edible: 8 a.m. to noon.
Instacart: The on-demand delivery service will be “servicing orders nationally, with delivery in as fast as an hour, from as early as 6 am – 2 pm local time on Thanksgiving Day,” the company told USA TODAY.
Rite Aid: Most locations open regular hours but most pharmacies will be closed.
Walgreens: Most locations open regular hours but most pharmacies will be closed.
More stores: Smaller chains and local stores may also be open on Thanksgiving. Some will post special hours on social media.
This roundup will be updated with additional store hours and retailers closed. Check back. And retailers with 50 or more locations, submit Thanksgiving store hours or say whether your stores are closed via this form.
Contributing: David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press
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