Much like 2020, retailers are again closing their doors for Thanksgiving Day, breaking what has been the traditional kick-off to the Black Friday shopping holiday.

This year will be no different as several retailers have banded together to go dark for the day, closing their stores for one day only as they allow their employees a break to be with their families for the holiday. They will, however, resume operations on Black Friday, where sales will be plenty.

With the rise of the COVID pandemic in 2020, retailers across the country decided to shut down on Thanksgiving Day to give their workers time to celebrate the holiday after experiencing a crushing demand from consumers.

The unlikely one-day shutdown was a first for many retailers to go dark on Thanksgiving, pushing consumers to shop online for Black Friday sales.

The trend seems to have spilled over into 2021 as the pandemic continues and the threat of the virus lingers. Retailers have rolled out their Black Friday sales earlier, giving consumers more time to shop in stores and online.

Here’s a look at 12 retailers that are closed for Thanksgiving Day, according to Black Friday.com.

  • Target
  • Walmart and Sam’s Club
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls
  • JC Penney
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods

Shopping Bags on Black Friday A woman carries retail shopping bags on Nov. 25, 2016, in New York City. Photo: Getty Images