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Dozens of retailers are keeping with their Thanksgiving tradition of keeping bricks-and-mortar store doors closed on the holiday.
Yet this year, two major retailers, Bed Bath & Beyond and GameStop, have reversed course and will open Nov. 28, Thanksgiving.
According to independent marketing intelligence firm MiQ's 2019 Holiday Shopping report, 88% of consumers plan to shop, either online or in stores, on at least one of the three major shopping days – Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday – with 47% planning to shop all three.
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The study also found more shoppers said they plan to shop on Thanksgiving – 58% compared to 45% last year.
Black Friday gained its name because it was viewed as the day of the year retailers earned profitability, or were "in the black." Nearly a decade ago, Black Friday sales slowly started creeping into Thanksgiving Day, and by 2012, most major retailers were open on the fourth Thursday in November.
Despite public outcry and shoppers threatening to boycott, the opening times have crept earlier, but they haven't changed much this year. Like last year, J.C. Penney will open at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving with Kohl's, Macy's, Target and Best Buy all opening at 5 p.m. Walmart starts its sale at 6 p.m.
Because of state laws, stores in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island will remain closed Thanksgiving. Store hours and openings may also be affected by county or municipal laws.
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Closed on Thanksgiving
Here are the major retailers staying closed on Thanksgiving Day:
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Apple (One exception is the Apple Fifth Avenue flagship in New York, which is open 365 days a year)
Barnes & Noble
BJ's Wholesale Club
Crate & Barrel
Half Price Books
Pier 1 Imports
Sierra Trading Post
Tractor Supply Co.
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