Thursday, November 25, 2010

Stores are Open on Thanksgiving Day for Last Minute Shoppers


Published Nov 25, 2010

What Stores are Open on Thanksgiving Day for 2010?
Photo by ControltheWeb, Creative Commons

What stores are open on Thanksgiving? Keep this list handy if you need to run to the store to get something you forgot or want pre-Black Friday deals.

Although most people think of Thanksgiving as a day to spend visiting family, a few stores will be open for business on November 25, 2010. Thanksgiving travelers might need to grab some groceries along the way, and some of these stores are offering Black Friday shopping deals early for people who are willing to forgo football and shop instead.

Walmart is Open Thanksgiving Day

Almost every Thanksgiving traveler will eventually pass by a Walmart store, which is handy because Walmart will be open for Thanksgiving. Unless local laws prevent them from having extreme holiday hours, Walmart will stay open in part to prevent Black Friday shopping frenzies from causing accidents. On November 11, 2009 ABC news reported that Walmart stores would be staying open longer, starting on "Thanksgiving morning and remain open through Friday evening, rather than closing Thanksgiving evening, and reopening early on Black Friday." Read more about Walmart's Black Friday shopping deals for information on what they have planned this week.

Sears Opens for the First Time on Thanksgiving

Sears will have more limited hours than Walmart, but the store will also be open on Thanksgiving. In areas where Sears is allowed to be open, their store hours will be from 7 until noon. Sandra Guy of the Chicago Sun Times points out how unusual it is for the retailer to be open, saying that "Sears will open on Thanksgiving Day for the first time in its 124-year history." Sears will also have some Black Friday specials while they are open. Sears has some great Black Friday electronics deals this year.

Old Navy Starts Gobblepalooza on Thanksgiving

Old Navy will be open on Thanksgiving, so if your weather report turns colder than expected while you are traveling, you can hop over to Old Navy to get some cute sweaters to wear during all the family Thanksgiving pictures.

Old Navy started a site just for their Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales, but be warned: turn the volume down on your computer before you open the Gobblepalooza site. From there, you can look up store hours and find out what shopping deals are available at your local Old Navy store.

Kmart Starts Black Friday on Thanksgiving

I4U News is reporting that Kmart stores will be open from 6 am to 9 pm on Thanksgiving. They will also have some Black Friday deals for sale. Like Walmart, most Kmarts have some groceries and drugstore types of items, which could be handy for people who have last minute guests arrive or people who need to grab a few quick ingredients.

Now that stores are starting to stay open on Thanksgiving, it changes the holiday a little bit from a traditionally family day. Instead of having to plan everything in advance, you can run to the store to pick up a few forgotten items. Open stores are more convenient for shoppers, but whoever is working will have to be away from their families on a very family-oriented holiday.


"Kmart Thanksgiving Day Deals Unveiled" was written by Luigi Lugmayr for I4U News. The article was published on November 16, 2010.

"New Safety Rules for Black Friday Crowds" was written by ABC staff and published by ABC on November 11, 2009.

"Sears to be open Thanksgiving for First Time" was written by Sandra Guy for the Chicago Sun Times on November 9, 2010.

Copyright Alex Sharp. Contact the author to obtain permission for republication.



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