It’s known as the “Christmas creep”: each year, holiday shopping starting earlier and earlier. But this year, the list of retailers opting to remain closed on Thanksgiving continues to grow.

That means thousands of retail clerks will get to spend Thanksgiving with their families.

“I was pretty much shocked,” said Eddie Bauer Assistant Manager Andrew Mintner, after hearing the news.

For the past seven years, Mintner has worked in retail; seven years of wolfing down Turkey, then rushing to work.

“I just moved here from Memphis to be with my family, and I actually get to spend a Thanksgiving with them that’s not rushed, so it’ll be enjoyable, to say the least,” he said.

My Room Rocks employee Chermaine Frenchie looks forward to quality time with her kids.

“This year I think I’m going to cook a turkey,” she said.

Since Mall of America recently announced the decision to remain close this Thanksgiving, dozens of other retailers have followed suit.

Why? The CEO of CBL Properties, which owns 72 malls nationwide, including four in St. Louis, said their employees deserve to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with their families.

But that’s not the only reason retailers are shutting down Thanksgiving Day shopping.

Financial Analyst Juli Neimann says Thanksgiving Day shoppers generally go for door-buster deals at big box stores instead of heading to department stores and malls.

"Clothing is not something people want to try on after gorging on Thanksgiving turkey," Neimann said. "The department stores basically realized, if nobody's coming in, why bother turn on the lights, hire the people, bring in security, when you're just going to have a few shoppers in there?"

Not all retailers are jumping on the bandwagon to close Thanksgiving Day. The St. Louis Galleria and Taubman Prestige Outlets are among those choosing to stay open.


Several retailers are opting out of the head start on holiday shopping this year. They are allowing their employees to spend the Thanksgiving with their families by staying closed all day on the holiday.

*If a store is not on this list please let us know and we will update it*

Stores closed on Thanksgiving:

  • A.C. Moore
  • American Girl
  • AT&T (Customer Service + Select Retail Locations)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bed Bath & Beyond (Select Locations)
  • BJ's Wholesale Club
  • Blain's Farm & Fleet
  • Burlington
  • Cabela's
  • Christmas Tree Shops (Select Locations)
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard's
  • Gamestop
  • Guitar Center
  • Harbor Freight
  • HHGregg
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • IKEA
  • Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • Lowe's
  • Mall of America (Subject to Individual Store Changes)
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Mills Fleet Farm
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Office Max / Office Depot
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • REI
  • Sam's Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Staples
  • The Container Store
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Tractor Supply