Nearly 100 popular retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day

Shoppers walk past Black Friday sale signs at International Plaza in Tampa on Friday, November 24, 2017. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
Shoppers walk past Black Friday sale signs at International Plaza in Tampa on Friday, November 24, 2017. EVE EDELHEIT | Times
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Nearly 100 popular stories will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, BestBlackFriday.com reports, as the fever for retailers to open a day early to get a jump on Black Friday sales cools.

The list of retailers who still stay shuttered on Thursday, Nov. 22, includes grocery stores and warehouse clubs (Publix and BJ's Wholesale Club), hardware and craft stores (Lowe's, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby) and pet supply stores (Petco and PetSmart).

The website also listed a number of discount clothing brands that will stay closed, such as Burlington, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom and Stein Mart.

BestBlackFriday.com is one of several websites dedicated to ferreting out the best Black Friday deals in advance of the shopping extravaganza. The website said it confirmed the stores that will remain closed by contacting each retailer's publicist or representative.

As Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday foot traffic has slowed for retailers in recent years, more stores have decided to cut back on holiday openings.

Some retailers, such as Guitar Center to Costco, issued statements addressing why they would be closed this Thanksgiving Day. Each company said it wanted to give employees time off to spend the holiday with family and friends.

The full list of shuttered stores can be found here. It will be updated as Thanksgiving approaches.

For those determined to hunt down the earliest holiday shopping deals this fall, several stalwarts will open their doors after Thanksgiving dinner: Best Buy, Macy's, Target and Walmart.

Contact Gabrielle Calise at gcalise@tampabay.com. Follow @gabriellecalise.

 

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