60 Major Retailers Have Announced Plans to Be Closed on Thanksgiving Day

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Already planning your route for Black Friday shopping? Wondering if you should just forgo sleep and start shopping as soon as you clean your plate at Thanksgiving dinner?

You may want to rethink that plan.

Deal-tracking site BestBlackFriday.com reported this week that at least 60 major retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 22).

The closures range from Barnes & Noble and Home Depot to PetSmart and T.J. Maxx.

Providing time off for employees to spend with their families was a major reason cited by stores who spoke to BestBlackFriday.com. “In addition to taking care of employees, many stores have also told us they do not want to force their customers into thinking they must shop in-store on Thanksgiving Day to get the best deals,” co-founder Phil Dengler wrote on the site.

Stores that the site predicts will be open on Thanksgiving include Target, Walmart, Macy’s and Best Buy, among other large chains.

BestBlackFriday.com recently conducted a survey of 1,069 people to gauge its readers’ holiday shopping plans.

More than 47% of respondents said they would not shop on Thanksgiving Day this year; only about 14% of respondents said they would. When asked how they felt about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day, 29% of respondents said they strongly dislike it. Less than 25% said they favor or strongly favor the shopping option.

Lisa Rowan is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder covering the retail and grocery industries.