After years of Black Friday creeping into Thanksgiving, many stores are pushing back against the trend. Some of the biggest retailers in the country now give workers the opportunity to stay home for the holiday and enjoy time with their families and friends. Walmart started closing for Thanksgiving Thursday in 2020, and Target followed suit in 2021. The trend shows no signs of reversing in November 2023.
Businesses across industries—from department stores to grocery chains—have announced plans to pause retail operations for the holiday. Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Publix won’t be catering to customers looking for last-minute stuffing and cranberry sauce on November 23.
And if you’re hoping to fit in a home improvement project right before the in-laws arrive that afternoon, make sure you have all necessary tools on hand: Lowe’s and The Home Depot will be closed, too. Any holiday shopping plans may have to wait until the official start of the Christmas season on Black Friday, which falls on November 24 this year. Department stores such as JCPenney, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, and Nordstrom are giving customers (and employees) permission to have a relaxing Thanksgiving at home before the holiday spending spree begins the next day.
Read on to see which businesses have already confirmed closures for this coming Thanksgiving.
Stores Closed for Thanksgiving 2023
- Barnes & Noble
- Best Buy
- Trader Joe’s
- The Home Depot
- Sam’s Club
- Bath & Body Works
- TJ Maxx
- Victoria’s Secret
A version of this story originally ran in 2020; it has been updated for 2023.