Every year there always seems to be a debate on whether or not stores should be open or closed on Thanksgiving so employees can spend time with their families.

On one hand, I believe most stores should be closed on Thanksgiving for the exact reason I mentioned above. On the other hand, I know some employees want to make that extra holiday cash.

According to WNEM & Best Black Friday, more than 1,000 people were surveyed about their holiday shopping behaviors. About 72% of participants said they believe stores should be closed on Thanksgiving. The survey found that many consumers would rather stay at home for the holiday than out in traffic or shopping among strangers.

While we've got a list compiled here of stores that will officially be closed there are some that could appear on the list but have yet to confirm if they'll be open or closed for the holiday.

Stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving day:

  • Army and Airforce Exchange Service
  • A.C. Moore
  • Academy Sports and Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware
  • Ann Taylor
  • BJ’s
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture
  • Burlington Coat Factory
  • Costco
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Fleet Farm
  • Guitar Center
  • Half-Price Books
  • Hobby Lobby
  • HomeGoods
  • JO-ANN
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Menards
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Office Depot
  • OfficeMax
  • Pier 1
  • Petco
  • Petsmart
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • The Container Store
  • T.J.Maxx
  • True Value

It's rare but The Machine Shop will be open for the first time ever on Thanksgiving night for a concert that features Static X, Dope, Wednesday 13, and Raven Black. So that means Maggie Meadows will have to work as she'll be broadcasting from the show. Maggie has no problem working on Thanksgiving because well, tequila.

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