What Stores Are Open On Thanksgiving: 21 Popular Stores You Want to Shop At

Are you wondering what stores are open on Thanksgiving Day? It's a legitimate question to ask as very few stores have regular hours.

Most stores change the schedule to holiday hours once Thanksgiving and Christmas get closer so people can get the last-minute items on their list. Let's face it we've all had a kitchen disaster before a holiday party or a gift that didn't show up on time.

And this year, these issues will be compounded by slow mail and deliveries. Since you may need to do some holiday shopping, here is a list of stores open on Thanksgiving Day that will help you stay in a jolly holiday mood.

What Is Open On Thanksgiving Day?

We all expect holiday closures this time of year, but it's also the most popular time to shop in the entire holiday season. Did grandma drop the turkey on the floor, or maybe someone burned the pumpkin pie, so you need to pick something up last minute?

Here's a list of the stores open on Thanksgiving.

What Retailers are Open on Thanksgiving Day?

There are several department stores and other major retailers open on Thanksgiving Day.

Bass Pro Shops - Bass Pro stores are open from 7 AM to 4 PM on Thanksgiving, but select locations may have different hours.

Cabela's - These stores will open at 8 AM and stay open until 6 PM.

Walgreens - Walgreens usually stays open on all holidays, but store hours may vary depending on location. Most of the Walgreens open 24/7 should stay open all day.

CVS - Check for the specific hours of the CVS stores in your location, but they should be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Old Navy - Some clothing stores will open later in the day and stay open through Black Friday. Old Navy opened at 6 PM last Thanksgiving.

Victoria's Secret - Victoria's Secret opened at 5 PM last Thanksgiving.

Michaels - Michaels is open from 6 PM to Midnight on Thanksgiving Day.

Rite Aid - Check for specific store hours, but most Rite Aid stores are open on Thanksgiving Day.

Gordmans - Most retail stores like Gordmans have reduced holiday hours on Thanksgiving, so check your local store for hours.

Lily Pulitzer - Certain Lilly Pulitzer stores will open on Thanksgiving Day. Check with your local store for their hours.

What Big Box Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving?

Many chain stores have holiday hours on Thanksgiving.

Family Dollar- Family Dollar opens from 8 AM to 9 PM on Thanksgiving Day.

Big Lots - Big Lots was open last year from 7 AM to 1 PM on Thanksgiving Day.

Dollar General - These stores will open at 7 PM and close at 5 PM.

Is Walmart Open on Thanksgiving Day 2021?

This year will be the second year that Walmart is actually closed on Thanksgiving Day. They want to recognize their employees by closing this holiday like they did last year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walmart says that their employees have been nothing less than heroic in the ways they have stepped up to serve Walmart customers and their communities. So, Walmart corporate wants workers to spend time with their family on Thanksgiving.

What Time Does Walmart Open on Thanksgiving?

There are no shopping hours on Thanksgiving as they will be closed this year. Each distribution center will also be closed.

What Grocery Stores Are Open on Thanksgiving Day?

Grocery stores are often the most essential stores people need to go to on Thanksgiving Day. Some of your favorite stores are open on this holiday, so you can get emergency supplies if you need them.

Vons - Most Vons stores will be open from 6 AM to midnight or stay open 24- hours.

Ralphs - Ralph's is usually open on Thanksgiving around 5 AM, and they will remain open until midnight.

Whole Foods Market - All Whole Foods Market stores will stay open on Thanksgiving Day but be sure to check their actual hours on the store website.

Stop & Shop - These grocery stores will remain open during their regular business hours on Thanksgiving Day.

Kroger - Most Kroger stores have regular hours on Thanksgiving, and they are usually open from 6 AM to midnight.

Martins - Martins grocery stores should be open until 2 PM Thanksgiving Day but check your local store for hours.

What Restaurants Are Open on Thanksgiving Day

For many, Thanksgiving can be very stressful and take weeks of planning and preparation.

Maybe you want to have a quiet Thanksgiving Day, and all you want to do is grab take-out? Well, luckily there are some restaurants opening on this holiday.

Waffle House - Not surprising since they are open 24/7; Waffle House is open on Thanksgiving Day.

Golden Corral - Golden Corral is open with a full Thanksgiving spread, including pie, turkey, and all the other popular holiday foods.

Ruby Tuesday - If you're looking for something other than turkey, dining at Ruby Tuesday is a great way to spend Thanksgiving. You can dine-in or carry out.

T.G.I. Friday's - It looks like T.G.I. Friday's is open on Thanksgiving but check your local restaurant to make sure.

Tony Roma's - Tony Roma's has holiday hours, and most of the locations will be open on Thanksgiving.

Cracker Barrel - Cracker Barrel has everything you need to make this Thanksgiving memorable. Pre-order their Heat n' Serve Family Dinner that is ready to serve to your hungry crowd in just two hours.

Subway - It appears that many Subway stores may be open, but since most stores are individually-owned and operated, holiday hours may vary.

Boston Market - Boston Market is usually open for Thanksgiving, and you can enjoy a traditional feast without the mess of cooking at home. Sit down to half of a rotisserie chicken or roasted turkey breast with two sides and a roll. You can also get a slice of pumpkin or apple pie.

Buffalo Wild Wings - While it's not traditional Thanksgiving fare, some Buffalo Wild Wings may be open this year. We encourage you to check with the closest restaurant to you this Thanksgiving Day.

Popeyes - You can get a scrumptious Cajun-style turkey that is hand-seasoned and pre-cooked for Thanksgiving this year at select Popeyes restaurants. Check your local Popeyes to make sure they are open, or you can order ahead of time.

Del Frisco's - If you're looking for a fine dining experience this Thanksgiving, Del Frisco's delivers. Some of their restaurants may be open on Thanksgiving, but indoor dining isn't available at every location.

Jack In the Box – Normally, all corporate Jack In the Box locations are on Thanksgiving Day, but some franchise locations may close.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - You should be able to get a special holiday feast as well as their regular menu items on Thanksgiving Day. But check the restaurant closest to you to confirm they are open.

Applebee's - Applebee's restaurants are open this year, and they are serving a holiday menu just for Thanksgiving. Some may have limited hours, so check when your local Applebee's is open.

Burger King - Burger King is usually open on Thanksgiving, but they may have holiday hours. Be sure to check with your local restaurant.

Pizza Hut - Most Pizza Huts will be open for Thanksgiving if you're hungry for some pizza. Contact your local Pizza Hut to make sure.

Dominoes - Like Pizza Hut, most Dominoe's should be open on Thanksgiving, but since some are franchise locations, check your local store for their holiday hours.

What Stores are Closed on Thanksgiving?

While in past years, many retail stores have remained open at least limited hours on Thanksgiving, more of them are closing stores on certain holidays. Many big-name stores want to give their employees a break and time to spend with their families.

Here are some stores likely to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Sam's Club


A.C. Moore




Acme Tools

Ace Hardware

Game Stop

The Home Depot

Best Buy



Barnes & Noble

Ashley Home Store

Bath & Body Works

Bed Bath & Beyond


Christopher & Banks

Dick's Sporting Goods


Five Below

Christmas Tree Shops




Guitar Center

Fred Meyer

Hobby Lobby

Fleet and Farm

Designer Shoe Warehouse

Harbor Freight


HEB - Here Everything's Better



Jos. A. Banks

Neiman Marcus



Micro Center

Office Depot

Pet Supply Plus



Pet Supplies Plus

Northern Tools + Equipment







Tractor Supply Co

True Value

Stein Mart

Sportsman's Warehouse

The Paper Store

Value City

Under Armour

Ulta Beauty

World Market

West Main


Final Thoughts on What Stores are Open on Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, plenty of stores will be open even if they have limited holiday hours. A few major stores have regular store hours, which is great for those last-minute purchases you may need to make to save dinner.

Stay tuned for more helpful holiday shopping tips and gift ideas, so you're ready for Christmas this year. We make shopping for the perfect gift easy with popular gift cards.