Many retailers to stay closed on Thanksgiving

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — If you plan on heading out to score some holiday deals right after cutting your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, you might find some of your favorite stores are closed.

After opening their doors in years past on Turkey Day, a growing number of stores are deciding to stay locked up until Black Friday.

According to, dozens of national retailers are deciding to stay closed on Turkey Day, including popular stops like Costco, Dillards, Home Depot and IKEA.

RELATED: Thanksgiving and Black Friday store opening hours

Publix stores will be closed that day to allow employees to spend time with their families. Publix has never been open for business on Thanksgiving since grocery store first went into business in the 1930’s.

Around the country, many major retailers will remain closed, setting up for their big sales for Black Friday.

However, a growing number of stores are opening for evening hours and sales.

Target stores and Kohl’s will open at 6 p..m on Thursday.

Tampa Premium outlets will also open at 6 p.m.

“There’s a lot of retailers that also have extra special sales going on during the holiday weekend and it’s just another way for our customers and guests to take advantage of that,” said Sarah Rasheid with Tampa Premium Outlets.

April Fly plans to be there to shop.

“I’m thinking we’ll do the family dinner, little early in the afternoon and then we’ll come here and do some shopping and try to get ahead of Black Friday hopefully. The deals will be worth coming out for,” said Fly.

Here are the retailers closed on Thanksgiving:

A.C. Moore
American Girl
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond (Select locations; shoppers should call their local store)
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Crate and Barrel
Guitar Center
Harbor Freight
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Mattress Firm
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom Rack
Office Max/Office Depot
Pier 1 Imports
Sam’s Club
Sierra Trading Post
The Container Store
T.J. Maxx
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