Is Safeway Open on Thanksgiving?

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Shopping can be exhausting, especially when you’re trying to work around holiday schedules. Between rushing to buy gifts and last-minute grocery runs, it’s essential to know your store’s hours and closures ahead of time so that you don’t accidentally show up when they’re closed. So, is Safeway open on Thanksgiving? Keep reading to find out.

Is Safeway Open on Thanksgiving?

While most Safeway stores remain open on Thanksgiving Day, they typically operate with shortened hours. This adjustment ensures that you can pick up any last-minute items while also allowing store employees to spend time with their families. Before making a trip, you should check with your local Safeway for specific hours as they can vary by location.

What Time Does Safeway Open?

Safeway stores are usually open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Sunday. While these are the general store operating hours, the times may differ from one store to another. Therefore, it’s advisable to confirm your local store’s operating hours.

During the holidays, the schedule is a little different. Additionally, during major sales, it’s common for Safeway stores to open earlier and close later than usual to cater to the surge in customers.

Safeway Holiday Hours

As the holidays approach, it’s important to be aware of the changes in store hours to plan your shopping trips accordingly. Safeway adjusts its hours during the holiday season to accommodate the festive rush while giving its employees time to celebrate. Below is a guide to Safeway holiday hours for various dates, including major holidays and special occasions.

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Holiday Date Is Safeway Open or Closed?
New Year’s Day Sunday, Jan. 1 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, Jan. 16 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 20 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Good Friday Friday, April 7 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Easter Sunday Sunday, April 9 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Memorial Day Monday, May 29 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Juneteenth Monday, June 19 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Independence Day Tuesday, July 4 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Columbus Day
Monday, Oct. 9 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Veterans Day Saturday, Nov. 11 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Day Before Thanksgiving Wednesday, Nov. 22 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 23 Open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Day After Thanksgiving Friday, Nov. 24 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec. 24 Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Christmas Day Monday, Dec. 25 Closed
Day After Christmas (Boxing Day) Tuesday, Dec. 26 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
New Year’s Eve Sunday, Dec. 31 Open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

When Does Safeway Close?

Safeway stores tend to go the extra mile to ensure it remains open as long as possible to meet its customer’s needs. Safeway stores will remain open on Christmas Eve, but the stores might close early. Make sure you check your local store’s schedule.

But is Safeway open on Christmas? Safeway will keep its doors closed on Christmas Day. This means you’ll have to get all your shopping done on Christmas Eve or earlier — or go shopping on Boxing Day.

Safeway stores will be open on New Year’s Eve, but may have limited hours. Like many other retail stores, most stores will close early, so make sure to get your shopping done early. Finally, many stores will remain open on Thanksgiving Day in 2023 for limited hours.

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Safeway Holiday Return Policy for 2023

Safeway allows you to return products, provided that you present the receipt and the items to their store. If you’re dissatisfied with a product, you can return it for a full refund. There’s no time limit for making these returns, but it typically depends on the type of product you’re returning. It’s important to note that Safeway doesn’t accept returns for certain products like alcoholic beverages and baby formula.

Final Take

Safeway is dedicated to ensuring its customer’s needs are met, which is why its stores are scheduled to remain open even during major holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. On some holidays, the store operates for limited hours, so make sure you confirm your local store’s operating hours before stopping by.

Holiday Hours

Melanie Grafil and Caitlyn Moorhead contributed to the reporting for this article.

The article above was refined via automated technology and then fine-tuned and verified for accuracy by a member of our editorial team.

Schedules are subject to change and may vary by location. Information is accurate as of Nov. 16, 2023.


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