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Dozens of retailers pledge to be closed on Thanksgiving day

Posted: 11:26 AM, Oct 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-06 18:55:49Z

As retailers started opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day in recent years to offer deep discounts ahead of Black Friday, some consumers cried foul.

They want the deals, but they don't want to leave their family celebrations to get them. Some also spoke up on behalf of employees of the stores that opened, saying it's unfair to ask them to also step away from family and friends on the holiday.

In response to the plea to keep family Thanksgiving traditions alive, many retailers this year have said they will remain closed on the holiday. So far, about 40 have promised to keep the doors closed.

Bestblackfriday.com , a website that tracks holiday shopping deals and news, has provided a list of the retailers that will be closed:

A.C. Moore (Allow employees to spend time with family)
American Girl
AT&T (Customer Service Closed; Select Retail Locations Closed)
Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Burlington (Allow employees to spend time with family)
Cabela’s (Retail closed; Call Centers Open)
Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
Costco
Crate and Barrel
Dillard’s (Allow employees to spend time with family)
GameStop (5 a.m. Black Friday opening)
Gardner-White Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
Guitar Center
Hobby Lobby
Home Depot
HomeGoods (Allow employees to spend time with family)
IKEA
Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
Lowe’s
Mall of America
Marshalls (Allow employees to spend time with family)
Mattress Firm
Menards
Neiman Marcus
Nordstrom (non-store employees working )
Outdoor Research
P.C. Richard & Son
Patagonia
Petco
PetSmart
Pier 1 Imports (Allow employees to spend time with family)
Publix
Raymour and Flanagan Furniture (8 a.m. Black Friday opening)
Sam’s Club
Sierra Trading Post
Staples
The Container Store
T.J. Maxx (Allow employees to spend time with family)
Tractor Supply
Von Maur (9 a.m. Black Friday opening)

The website says that three states, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine, legally require stores to be closed on all holidays.