1. Bed Bath & Beyond

Bed Bath & Beyond store external view with sign
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Bed Bath & Beyond has announced plans to close its stores on Thanksgiving, giving workers a day off during a strenuous year.

With the pandemic scaring shoppers away, Bed Bath & Beyond will need to pull in as much revenue on Black Friday as possible. The company announced in July that it plans to close around 200 stores over the next two years.

During the lead-up to the big day, the home goods retailer says it’s introducing a new shopping option: a two-hour Buy-Online-Pickup-In-Store service. You can also choose contactless curbside pickup, where employees will bring your items directly out to your car.

2. Best Buy

Best Buy store with cars driving past
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Best Buy made a point of staying open on Thanksgiving in previous years and certainly didn’t plan to switch things up this time. But as the retailer said in a release this summer: “We can all agree that, so far, 2020 has turned out differently than what we might have expected.”

Instead, the electronics retailer says it will enhance its operations ahead of Black Friday, including more convenient pickup options and a commitment to making sure online orders arrive on time.

Most importantly, Best Buy says its Black Friday deals will be introduced earlier than ever. Keep your eyes glued to the deals page.

3. Costco

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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

As in previous years, Costco will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day, and neither hours nor deals have been announced for Black Friday.

Looking to last year for clues, we can expect an announcement near the end of October. Last year’s discounts ran the gamut on gadgets big and small.

Costco already has special coronavirus measures in place at its stores, which you can expect to be strictly enforced on the Black Friday crowds. Those include mandatory face coverings, product limitations and social distancing.

4. Dick’s Sporting Goods

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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

In previous years, the outdoor and sporting goods retailer would open stores with limited evening hours on Thanksgiving. Not so in 2020 — Dick’s Sporting Goods will close all locations and distribution centers for the day.

In the announcement, the company added that employees will continue to receive a 15% pay premium through the end of the year.

Black Friday hours will be announced at a later date.

5. Foot Locker

Looking in to Foot Locker store in a mall
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Following in other retailers’ footsteps, Foot Locker says it will shut nearly 900 stores on Thanksgiving.

The stores will operate on normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25, but it hasn’t updated its Black Friday hours just yet.

Foot Locker also hasn’t released any details on discounts this year, so keep an eye on its website for updates.

6. The Gap

GAP store outside view, GAP sign
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

While the company has yet to confirm, it’s safe to assume that Gap stores will remain closed on Thanksgiving, just as they were in previous years.

The retailer will need a positive holiday season to help redeem a devastating 2020. The company is in the midst of closing around half its stores through early 2021.

While no details about sales have been released just yet, 2019’s Black Friday flyer advertised discounts of 50% off all products storewide. Check the website for updates.

7. Home Depot

Home Depot store external view from parking lot
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

The giant home improvement retailer will stay closed on Thanksgiving, just as it does every year.

But in an effort to curb the raucous Black Friday crowds, the company will extend Black Friday sales throughout the entire season. Deals will be available starting in early November and last through December, both in-store and online.

“Say goodbye to one day of frenzied shopping,” Home Depot said in a release.

For the first time, you’ll be able to learn about deals before they go live online by downloading the Home Depot app, which is available for both Apple and Android devices.

8. Ikea

Ikea store, large blue building with yellow letters
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Bargain shoppers love picking through Ikea’s winding showrooms as they furnish their homes for the holidays. (And those Swedish meatballs always hit the spot on a cool autumn evening.)

But Ikea has a history of staying closed on Thanksgiving, so we imagine the furniture store will give its yellow-clad employees a much-deserved break in 2020.

While the company hasn’t released any information about Black Friday to date, we can look to last year for clues. That Black Friday sale lasted four days and included a free “Click & Collect” option, where shoppers could skip the lines and pick up their purchases in store.

9. J.C. Penney

JCPenney store in a mall. Store closed.
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

In August, this clothing retailer announced that it too would shut its stores for Thanksgiving to allow its employees to “stay safe, relax and enjoy the day with loved ones.”

In a statement, CEO Jill Soltau said “our extraordinary associates have demonstrated their warrior spirit through their courage and unwavering commitment to serve our customers.”

J.C. Penney is encouraging customers to use its online store — which it says is faster than ever — an improved app and contact-free curbside pickup.

The brand has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus shutdowns. J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy production in mid-May and informed federal regulators it would permanently close 242 of its stores: 192 this year and another 50 next year.

10. Kohl’s

External view of Kohl's department store
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Kohl’s says it expects customers to do their holiday shopping good and early this year, even weeks in advance, so it feels comfortable closing all of its stores on Thanksgiving proper.

Full holiday hours will be shared at a later date.

Kohl’s is also highlighting other ways to shop safely at its stores, such as contactless curbside pickup, in-store pickup or shopping via the app or website.

11. Macy’s

Closeup of Macy's shopping bag, being held by person out of frame
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

What’s more festive than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? Unfortunately, even that cherished tradition will be stripped down this year, as Americans will only be able to watch the world’s largest parade from home.

The stores, meanwhile, which normally open for limited hours on Thanksgiving evenings, will stay shut this year.

And while Macy’s hasn’t released precise hours for Black Friday, it has announced that the sale will take place from Nov. 24 to 28 online, in stores and through the Macy’s app.

In a press release, the company says it will continue to enforce enhanced health and safety standards, including additional cleaning and tighter occupancy limits to keep crowds in check.

A killer holiday season may not be enough to turn this company’s fortunes around; Macy’s has already announced that one fifth of its iconic department stores will be gone within three years.

12. Target

Outside of Target store with cars in parking lot
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Target will close its stores on Thanksgiving and stretch Black Friday discounts over a longer period of time to keep crowds from cramming into stores on any specific day.

“Starting in October and continuing throughout the season, you’ll find Target’s lowest prices of the year on items in stores and online, giving you the flexibility to get the gifts you want,” the company said in a release.

“This isn’t a year for crowds.”

Target offers an assortment of contactless shopping options to help limit in-store shopping, including Drive Up, Order Pickup and Same-day Delivery with Shipt.

13. Ulta

Outside of Ulta store with cars in parking lot
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Ulta joins the crowd of retailers giving its employees a break on Thanksgiving.

“Keeping our associates at the heart of our decisions always, we are adapting this season’s plans to reflect our immense gratitude for their commitment to serving our stores,” Ulta’s CEO said in a release.

You can still shop for your beauty supplies on Thanksgiving, so long as you do it online or through the Ulta Beauty app. Black Friday hours and sales will be announced at a later date.

14. Walgreens

Closeup of Walgreens sign on concrete building
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  • Thanksgiving hours: Regular hours
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

At least one store is staying open on Thanksgiving this year. Walgreens, famously open nearly every day on the calendar, will operate regular hours in 2020.

Though it’s officially a drugstore, Walgreens has become a go-to destination for Black Friday deals with discounts on health and beauty products, household items, office supplies, toys and more.

This year will be mostly business as usual, with a commitment to being mindful of strict COVID safety procedures.

15. Walmart

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  • Thanksgiving hours: Closed
  • Black Friday hours: TBD

Way back in July, the retail giant announced that stores would remain closed on Thanksgiving.

“We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones,” Walmart’s U.S. CEO said in a statement.

Sam's Club, which is owned by Walmart, also will shut down on Thanksgiving. Both stores will operate normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25, while Black Friday hours will be released at a later date.

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Ethan Rotberg

Ethan Rotberg

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Ethan Rotberg is a staff reporter at MoneyWise. His background includes nearly 15 years as a writer, editor, designer and communications professional. He loves storytelling, from feature writing to narrative podcasts. His work has appeared in the Toronto Star, CPA Canada and Metro, among others.

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