Stores Open On Thanksgiving Day 2012: More Hours, More Retailers

Nov 22, 2012

It seems that every year, Thanksgiving Day gets a little more commercial.

It's not without controversy, but in part due to Walmart's push for even more hours this Thanksgiving, opening at 8 p.m., a number of other retailers are following suit.

In fact, according to, some 200 retailers will have Thanksgiving Day hours this year.

Among the stores that will be open at least part of Thanksgiving: Aeropostale, Banana Republic, Big Lots, CVS, Family Dollar, Gap, Kenneth Cole, Kmart, Old Navy, Sears, Sony, Starbucks, Target, Toys'R'Us, Walgreens and Whole Foods.

(Visit for its full list of stores open on Thanksgiving and their hours.)

But not all stores agree about opening on Thanksgiving.

One retailer, P.C. Richard & Son, posted on its Facebook page:

It is our opinion that retailers who choose to open on Thanksgiving Day or night show now respect to their employees or families, and are in total disrespect of family values in the United States of America.

Stores that will not open on Thanksgiving include Macy's, Best Buy and Kohl's, but they will open their doors promptly at Midnight.

One of the potential downsides of earlier opening of stores is the impact on volunteer efforts.

"I don't think the (early) store openings have bothered us yet. I say 'yet' because you never know what next year's going to bring," Judy Early, community relations director for Evansville Goodwill Industries, told the Evansville Courier & Press.

Here's a list of stores that are kicking off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving:

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