Twin Cities Thanksgiving Shopping Guide

Before you leave the table, know what stores will be open (and closed) for Turkey Day shopping

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If you haven’t heard the news yet, let us be the ones to break it to you. The Mall of America will not be open on Thanksgiving. Travelers hoping to get some holiday shopping done early at the largest mall in North America will have to refrain for one day.

Many stores across the nation have followed suit and will remain closed on Turkey Day. So make sure you have all the food you need and don’t forget to buy that hostess gift early because you may not find a store near you to do any last minute shopping. If this leads you to experience shopping woes, try to remember two things: the shops will be open the rest of the weekend and this is a good thing. Thousands of store employees will get the day off to spend quality time with their loved ones.

Instead of getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping, consider exploring a Minnesota state park or recreation area for free on Free Park Friday.

Check out this list of stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving:

Barnes & Noble

Bed Bath & Beyond—open 8 a.m to 10 p.m. on Friday

Burlington Coat Facory—open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday

Cabela’s—opens at 5 a.m. on Friday

Costco—open 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday


GameStop—opens at 5 a.m. on Friday

Hobby Lobby—open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday

Home Depot –opens at 5 a.m. on Friday

HomeGoods—open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday

JoAnn Fabrics—opens at 6 a.m. on Friday

Lowe’s—opens at 6 a.m. on Friday

Lunds & Byerlys—opens at 6 a.m. on Friday

Menards—open 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday

Mills Fleet Farm—opens at 6 a.m. on Friday

Nordstrom—open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday


REI—closed on Black Friday

Sam’s Club—opens at 7 a.m. on Friday

T.J. Maxx—open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday

Plenty of stores will still be opening their doors early for shoppers who want to get massive savings on clothes, toys and other goods. You still have time to buy a special present or work off that turkey by walking laps around a store before the hoards of people arrive on Black Friday. Try to remember on the day (and the rest of the weekend) that is dedicated to gratitude for what we already have, it is apt that we extend our appreciation for those who are working long hours to help us, rather than spending time with their families and friends.

Here is a list of stores that will be open on Thanksgiving:

Ace Hardware

Babies “R” Us—open at 5 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops—open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Best Buy—open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Big Lots—open 7 a.m. to midnight


Dick’s Sporting Goods—open 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Herberger’s—opens at 5 p.m.

JCPenney—opens at 3 p.m.

Kmart—opens at 7 p.m.

Kohl’s—opens at 6 p.m.

Macy’s—open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Michael’s—open 6 p.m. to midnight

Old Navy—opens at 4 p.m.

Sears—opens at 6 p.m.

Target—opens at 6 p.m.

Toys “R” Us—opens at 5 p.m.

Victoria’s Secret—opens at 6 p.m.

Walmart—opens at 6 p.m.


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