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Mac Barnes, Amelia Barnes

Mac Barnes and Amelia Barnes stock up on DVDs at Walmart's Black Friday shopping event on Thursday Nov. 26, 2015 in Rogers, Arkansas. Many stores are taking a stance on opening on Thanksgiving due to backlash of the policy last year.

We have not said trick-or-treat yet, but many families are looking down the road to the holiday shopping season, especially for those who work retail.

Some stores have taken a firm stance to not open on Thanksgiving due to a big wave of social media backlash last year.

Many calls were made to not shop on Thanksgiving out of respect for workers. If there is no demand than they will not open was the logic, but many cannot pass up a good deal.

Despite the calls the shoppers showed and the doors opened to start the holiday shopping season earlier than ever. 

According to, more than 60 stores have said they will not open on the November holiday and wait for the traditional Black Friday. If it is at midnight only time will tell as stores will release opening times across the next month.

Others have confirmed they are opening while some are staying quiet on the issue all together.

The list of stores who have confirmed and those that are expected to be open have been released.

Confirmed they will be open:

  • Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
  • Big Lots (hours not yet announced)
  • GameStop (hours not yet announced)
  • Macy’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday or Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. then 6 a.m to 10 p.m. on Black Friday (depends on the location)
  • Michaels – 6 p.m.; Opens at 5 p.m. for Rewards members.
  • Rite Aid – Hours Vary by Location (most stores open)

Expected to be open:

  • Best Buy (5 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods (6 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • JCPenney (3 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Kohl’s (6 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Kmart (6 a.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Sears (6 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Target (6 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Toys R Us (5 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Walgreens (8 a.m. – Predicted Opening Time)
  • Walmart (6 p.m. – Predicted Opening Time)

Stores that will be closed:

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • At Home
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm and Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cabela’s
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • DSW - Designer Shoe Warehouse
  • Ethan Allen
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Jos. A. Bank
  • La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
  • Lowe’s
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Micro Center
  • Mills Fleet Farm
  • Music & Arts
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Depot and OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Party City
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sears Hometown Stores (open last year but closed this year)
  • Shoe Carnival (open last year but closed this year)
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman's Warehouse
  • Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart (open last year but closed this year)
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and He can be reached at


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Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.

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