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Here Are The Stores That Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving

NEW YORK, NY — It’s barely October and many retailers are already prepping for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. Every year the commercial holiday seems to encroach further into Thanksgiving, with major retailers opening earlier in hopes of capitalizing on eager consumers itching to score big deals. But dozens of retailers are bucking that trend.

Sam’s Club, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco and H&M are among 60 retailers that have already announced they will, again, remain closed on Turkey Day this year, according to BestBlackFriday.com, which reached out to media representatives for each company over the past month.

“We have never had this many confirmations in early October, and we are expecting the list to grow to over 100 national and well-known regional stores by Thanksgiving Day,” the company said in an emailed statement to Patch.

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Below is the latest list of retailers that will be closed on Nov. 22, many of which have at least one location in most — if not all — states.

Retailers in America raked in a record $7.9 billion on Black Friday last year, up nearly 18 percent from 2016, according to Adobe Analytics. So it makes sense that retailers would try whatever they can to get a larger share of that pot. But most of the retailers that are keeping the doors closed said it was to allow workers — and customers — time to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, the site noted. That mentality seems to be in line with the thinking of most Americans.

A September survey of more than 1,000 people by BestBlackFriday.com found that just 25 percent of Americans favored Thanksgiving openings, while 48 percent percent actually dislike Thanksgiving openings. About 27 percent indicated they were indifferent.

A few states — Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine — go so far as to ban stores from opening on the holiday.

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