Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and, for some, final-hour shopping. This year, if you're planning to grab last-minute cranberry sauce or snag some early bird deals, you'll need to know who's open for the Thanksgiving hustle. For the go-getters, stores like Big Lots and Kroger are throwing open their doors, while stalwarts such as Target and Walmart are giving the retail rush a hard pass, keeping their doors firmly shut.
According to a report by NBC Chicago, before the gravy starts flowing, you can dash into Costco with doors open wide from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving. Target is rolling out the red carpet a bit longer, starting at 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and for those with a penchant for organic, Whole Foods is at your service from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. For the trendy Trader Joe's crowd, you've got from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to stock up on your quirky snacks and sides. Come Thanksgiving Day, stores such as Whole Foods and CVS will still be welcoming customers, albeit with modified holiday hours, ensuring you won't be caught short without that last stick of butter.
Now for the Thanksgiving traditionalists who have their turkey prep down to a fine art, a few beloved favorites like ALDI and Sam's Club are taking a holiday from the holiday as confirmed by NBC Chicago. The move gives workers a chance to spend time with their own families rather than manning cash registers and restocking aisles.
If you find your pantry lacking come Thanksgiving morning, don't fret. Big Lots is swinging open its doors from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., complete with one-day deals that could make you thankful for waiting until the eleventh hour. Dollar General and HEB are also joining the ranks of the open, though with hours more limited than a slice of pumpkin pie at a family gathering, they will close shop by 10 p.m. and 12 p.m., respectively. Starbucks aficionados can also get their caffeine fix; most locations will be open, but hours may vary based on where you're at, according to an announcement from the Seattle-based coffee giant.
For those with eyes set on the post-Thanksgiving prize, the Black Friday closed-list includes hardware havens like Home Depot and fashion-forward Macy's, shutting their doors for Thanksgiving but gearing up for the Friday frenzy. A tip for the deal hunters as reported by ABC 7 Chicago, Kohl's will be back in the ring early, reopening at the crack of dawn at 5 a.m. for all your bargain-basement delights.
Whether you're in it for the thrill of the last-minute purchase or content to kick back and enjoy the holiday, the array of options this Thanksgiving provides both the eager shopper and the committed holiday lounger the chance to conduct the day their own way. Just remember, when the feast is done and the leftovers are tucked away, the hustle and bustle of Black Friday awaits.