17 Retailers Keeping Their Doors Shut for Thanksgiving

This article has been updated from Nov. 15, 2015 with additional stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving. 

Mass retailers such as Target, Walmart, AmazonBest Buy, and Toys "R" Us are gearing up for the holiday shopping weekend, kicking off massive sales on Thanksgiving and continuing on Black Friday and through the weekend.

But this year, more stores are taking a stand by deciding to close on the holiday.

Labor groups have pushed back on big chains forcing employees to come in for the holiday, while consumer groups have called for shoppers to boycott going out on Thanksgiving.

And stores have answered -- though likely more because the strategy of opening on Thanksgiving doesn't add to the bottom line, rather than for workers' morale. Indeed, retailers are finding that being open on Thanksgiving isn't necessarily boosting holiday sales, but rather that Thursday's sales are simply coming at the expense of those on Black Friday. This could be troublesome for retailers, especially as the debate over raising the minimum wage rolls on.

"A few years ago virtually no retailers (other than drug stores and supermarkets) were open on Thanksgiving. This started to shift during the recession as retailers looked to gain an edge on the competition in a barely growing market," wrote Steven Dennis, president and founder of SageBerry Consulting, a retail consulting firm in Dallas, in an email.

"What we're seeing now is a pullback from the strategy owing to a) analysis that shows that move was often not profitable, b) backlash from consumers and c) backlash from employees," Dennis added.

The shift to close on Thanksgiving is also a nod to the increasing shift to online sales.

"In an omnichannel world, retailers can satiate consumers that have to shop with their e-commerce sites, and thus return to more traditional and sane hours," says retail expert Marie Driscoll of Driscoll Advisors. "While we aren't expecting more announcements of Black Friday closings, additional closures on Thanksgiving are possible and would be a welcome change to the day."

Here are 17 other stores that plan to keep their doors closed this Thanksgiving.

 
1. DSW

Footwear and accessories retailer DSW said on its Facebook page that stores will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Customers can shop on DSW.com. DSW  (DSW) will open their doors at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, the company confirmed.

DSW, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, has approximately 470 stores in the U.S.

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