It has finally happened. One leaf has turned slightly yellow and immediately your mind switches to its autumnal setting. Cozy sweaters, warm apple cider and just a slight chill in the air indicate the holidays are coming.
After Halloween, time turns into a slingshot aimed at the end of the year, but it is essential to slow down and appreciate the impending holiday season for all its glory. Before the onslaught of Christmas carols and twinkling lights, there is the always filling, and pinnacle fall gathering that is Thanksgiving.
Now that gatherings can once again be done in person, people are thoroughly planning this meal. Friends and family all huddled together around a cornucopia of potatoes, cranberries, stuffing, gravy, green beans and the headlining turkey.
Even with all of the planning you put in before this feast, sometimes things come up on the day when you need to run to a store to do some last-minute shopping. As Thanksgiving is a holiday when many stores are closed, you need to know where to go in a pinch. You need to know what stores are open on Thanksgiving.
What Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving?
Though many national or regional chains are open on Thanksgiving, always check with your local store as sometimes hours of operation will vary. From large chains to smaller franchises, here are 20 stores you can count on to be open on Thanksgiving.
1. Ace Hardware
Ace Hardware is a hardware store that would be great on Thanksgiving if something in your kitchen stopped working and you needed to grab a quick tool or supply to fix it. Ace Hardware will be open during its regular weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in most locations.
Acme Markets are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It is always good to know what supermarket near you is open.
3. Bass Pro Shop
Great for all things outdoors, especially if you have people staying with you and need to set up a tent for the in-laws. Bass Pro Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
4. Big Lots
Most Big Lots locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Big Lots has everything from home supplies to toys, so good for last-minute hosting needs.
5. Best Buy
Everyone wants to watch the big game on Thanksgiving, so if you need a new television or other appliance, Best Buy is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cabela’s will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving for any of your retail needs.
In case of any cooking injuries, CVS is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
8. Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods is open from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Thanksgiving. This should be noted for impromptu shopping for last-minute family football games.
9. Dollar General
Dollar General is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving which is plenty of time to pick up some inexpensive items you forgot to grab.
10. Family Dollar
For other additional items you need that fit within your budget on Thanksgiving, Family Dollar is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For any pre-meal grocery needs, Kroger is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
A one-stop shop with a little bit of everything to cover your random Thanksgiving necessities, Meijer will be open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sometimes, there is an arts and crafts project that needs to be done. For any hand turkeys that need to be made or other Thanksgiving décor, Michael’s is open from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
14. Old Navy
If you need to grab some pajamas or other clothing items for your cousin who decided to stay over on Thanksgiving, many Old Navy locations will be open, but the hours vary from store to store.
15. Rite Aid
The pharmacy at Rite Aid will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. but the rest of the store will be open until 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Though many locations may vary, most Safeway locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Most Sears locations will be opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night to get a jump on those appliance deals for Black Friday.
Sprouts will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving which is perfect for a quick farmers market run before meal prep.
Walgreens will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the additional bonus of all of their 24-hour pharmacies remaining open on Thanksgiving.
20. Whole Foods
Though reducing their hours on Thanksgiving, Whole Foods will still be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Stores Open on Black Friday
Many stores that are open on Thanksgiving will also be open on Black Friday. Sales, deals and hours will vary depending on location, but if you have to run to the store anyway on Thanksgiving, you might as well see what specials you can get. Black Friday deals start early on Thanksgiving for many retailers.
Thanksgiving Hours FAQ
- Is Walmart closed for Thanksgiving 2022?
- Starting in 2020, Walmart decided to close all locations on Thanksgiving. It was a response to both the pandemic and wanting to do something nice for its employees. In the past, Walmart did open on Thanksgiving to get a head start on Black Friday, but has closed its doors for the last few Thanksgivings. This tradition seems to be sticking as Walmart will once again be closed on Thanksgiving in 2022.
- Has Walmart ever closed on Thanksgiving?
- Walmart has closed on Thanksgiving every year since 2020.
- Is Lowes going to be closed on Thanksgiving?
- All Lowe's locations will be closed on Thanksgiving in 2022.
- Are grocery stores closed on Thanksgiving?
- Many grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving for regular or reduced hours of operation. Holiday hours will vary for different stores and locations so be sure to check with your local store before you go shopping.
Cynthia Bowman contributed to the reporting for this article.
Information is accurate as of Nov. 24, 2022.
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