Halloween is still four weeks away, but retailers are still gearing up for what is considered for many their most important sales weekend of the year.
Some stores have been opening their doors earlier than ever on Thanksgiving in order to take full advantage of the frenzied holiday shopping weekend. Others, however, are opting instead to remain closed on Thanksgiving to encourage employees and shoppers to spend time with loved ones.
Throughout the Charlotte area, dozens of popular stores such as Crate and Barrel, DSW, H&M, Lowe’s and Publix will all be closed on Thanksgiving, according to a list compiled by the deals website BestBlackFriday.com.
Keeping a store open over Thanksgiving is becoming less important as more customers shop online. Last year, roughly 44 percent of people who shopped over the Thanksgiving weekend did so online, while 40 percent shopped in stores, according to a survey from the National Retail Federation.
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The trend of opening on Thanksgiving began in 2010 with Sears, according to a report from CNBC. Wal-Mart did so in 2011, as did Target in 2012. This year, Big Lots, GameStop and Macy’s (starting at 5 p.m.) have confirmed they will all be open on Thanksgiving Day.
Here are the retailers that have said they will remain closed on Thanksgiving. This list will be updated periodically.
Academy Sports + Outdoors
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blain’s Farm and Fleet
Cost Plus World Market
Crate and Barrel
DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
Half Price Books
JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
Jos. A. Bank
La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
Music & Arts
Office Depot and OfficeMax
Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
P.C. Richard & Son
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
Sierra Trading Post
Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
Sur La Table
The Container Store
The Original Mattress Factory