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These Stores Will Be Open on Thanksgiving if You Have a Turkey Day Emergency

Anna Quintana - Author
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Nov. 16 2022, Updated 4:14 p.m. ET

Although Thanksgiving is typically spent around the dinner table with your closest family and friends, when the turkey has been devoured and the pumpkin pie is gone, sometimes, it's best to get out of the house and shop. While plenty of people plan on sitting in their living rooms in their fierce OOTD, many others spend Thanksgiving looking ahead to Christmas and find themselves determined to find the best deals possible.

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For those starting Black Friday a little bit earlier or just needing to grab a coffee, these savvy shoppers need to know what stores are open. If you find yourself choosing to brave the actual brick and mortar stores this year, there are some options.

So, what stores are open on Thanksgiving?

Some retailers have made the decision to close on Turkey Day, allowing employees to enjoy the festivities, including Best Buy, Costco, HomeGoods, Walmart, and Target. In past years, these might have opened later in the day to welcome 6 p.m. shoppers to freezing cold outdoor lines, but since 2020, they've remained closed.

Per NewsWest 9, there are still a few stores open on Thanksgiving if you need to run out. But as far as Black Friday deals go, the internet is your best bet this year.

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Big Lots

Don't worry, Big Lots has you covered: the store will be open on Thanksgiving from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Dollar General

Many Dollar General locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (don't forget to check your local hours!).

Whole Foods

Need some last-minute groceries? The chain's holiday hours will be limited and vary by location, so the best course of action is to check online first.

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Walgreens

Luckily, most Walgreens locations are open on Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and 24-hour locations will be open. However, if you have to use the pharmacy, it's best to check your local store hours first.

Kroger

Kroger's stores are also open on Thanksgiving, but like Walgreens and Whole Foods, the hours will vary by location.

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Are fast food restaurants open on Thanksgiving?

If your family is known for eating late — and you need a snack until the turkey is carved — these fast food chains are your best bet. Or, if you just aren't feeling the festivities this year and want to do takeout for Thanksgiving, there are some options to pick from.

McDonald's

The Golden Arches will be open on the holiday — but, due to independently owned stores, it's best to check your location's hours.

Burger King

You can have it your way on the holiday, just double check before you head out as some locations might have limited hours.

Dunkin' Donuts

Yes, Dunkin' will be open on Turkey Day, but we suggest checking your location before heading out due to reduced holiday hours. 

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Starbucks

Yes, Starbucks is open on Thanksgiving. Like many others on this list, store hours vary by location, so don't forget to check online or call ahead.

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Wendy's

Wendy's is open so if you need a Frosty fix, you'll be all good, but be sure to check your store's hours.

Are banks open on Black Friday?

Since Black Friday is not a federal holiday — contrary to popular belief — most banks will be open regular business hours. However, it is always recommended to check your location before heading out as the day after Thanksgiving is considered a state holiday in certain states.

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