Target open on Thanksgiving
Target is one of many stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day 2016. This photo was taken at an Encinitas, California location on May 22, 2013. Reuters

Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season, and many want to get started on their holiday shopping right away. Stores seem more than happy to let customers in before Black Friday even starts. Many stores will be open on Thanksgiving.

Of course, not all stores are following this trend. Office Max, hhgregg, Radio Shack and Office Depot were on this list last year, but they’ve decided to close on Thanksgiving in 2016. Barnes & Noble, Ikea, PetSmart, Costco and Staples will continue to hold their sales for Black Friday as well.

Stores that decide to open are mostly starting to unlock the doors in the early evening or late afternoon. Keep in mind that the list below won’t be exact for every area. Some franchise owners will change their hours, and some won’t open at all. Blue laws prevent Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine locations from being open on Thanksgiving Day, so remember to check your local store’s hours before heading out.

Abercrombie & Fitch: 6 p.m. [store locator]

Belk: 4 p.m. [store locator]

Best Buy: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. [store locator]

Big Lots: 7 a.m. to midnight [store locator]

Bon-Ton: 5 p.m. to midnight [store locator]

CVS: open, but hours vary [store locator]

Dick’s Sporting Goods: 6 p.m. to midnight [store locator]

Dollar General: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. [store locator]

Express: 6 p.m. [store locator]

Five Below: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. [store locator]

Gander Mountain: 8 a.m. to midnight [store locator]

Hollister: 6 p.m. [store locator]

JCPenney: 3 p.m. [store locator]

Kohl’s: 6 p.m. [store locator]

Kmart: 7 p.m. [store locator]

Loft: select stores open with various hours [list of holiday hours]

Macy’s: 5 p.m. [store locator]

Michaels: 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight [store locator]

Modell’s Sporting Goods: 6 p.m. [store locator]

Old Navy: most locations open, but hours vary [store locator]

Sears: many locations open, but hours vary [store locator]

Target: 6 p.m. [store locator]

Toys R Us: 5 p.m. [store locator]

Victoria’s Secret: 6 p.m. [store locator]

Walgreens: Most stores open with various hours, but pharmacies are mostly closed [store locator]

Walmart: Thanksgiving sales start at 6 p.m., but many will be open all day [store locator]

Shopping is an option on Thanksgiving Day, and so is eating out. Many chain restaurants will be open (see a list HERE). However, don’t expect to do much else. Banks, libraries and post offices will be closed.