Thanksgiving Day is a difficult day for people who work in retail. The day before the Christmas shopping madness begins. No day off for these employees.

It sure is quick to judge these places that are choosing to be open on Thanksgiving.

But don't!

Some of these places provide some things that could become VERY essential on Thanksgiving Day.

While not all of them are 'essential', some may have struggled so greatly through the covid pandemic that being closed on Thanksgiving Day is not going to be an option.

If you find yourself needing one of these 'Open on Thanksgiving' stores, be sure to first check the location you wish to visit in order to confirm that are indeed open.

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Also on the 'Open on Thanksgiving' list,

  • Big Lots
  • ACME
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Cabela's
  • Gordmans
  • Kroger
  • Lilly Pulitzer
  • Ralphs
  • Rite Aid
  • Stop & Shop
  • Vons
  • Whole Foods Market

Many shopping malls will also be closed on Thanksgiving Day. If the store you want is on the list above, but part of a mall, it may be closed. Another reason why it's a very good idea to call the location you want just to be sure.

You might also want to check the list of stores that will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving.

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