UPDATE: This story was originally published Oct. 1 and has been updated to reflect additional stores staying closed on Thanksgiving. Check back for updates.
The Black Friday shopping extravaganza kicks off early online on Thanksgiving at just about every major retailer in the nation.
And at bricks-and-mortar stores, the sales start before many families even serve up the pumpkin pie with Target and Best Buy opening at 5 p.m. this year and Walmart at 6 p.m.
But a growing number of retailers have made the decision to remain closed Thanksgiving, including wholesale clubs like Costco, Sam's Club and BJ's Wholesale Club.
Black Friday gained its name because it was viewed as the day of the year retailers earned profitability, or were "in the black." Nearly a decade ago, sales slowly started creeping into Thanksgiving and by 2012, most major retailers were open on the fourth Thursday in November.
Despite public outcry and shoppers threatening to boycott, the opening times have moved earlier. Target is opening an hour earlier this year.
Black Friday gained its name because it was viewed as the day of the year retailers earned profitability, or were "in the black." Nearly a decade ago, sales slowly started creeping into Thanksgiving and by 2012 most major retailers were open on the fourth Thursday in November.
Despite public outcry and shoppers threatening to boycott, the opening times have moved earlier. Last year, J.C. Penney started its sale at 2 p.m. Thanksgiving and Kohl's, Macy's and Best Buy started sales at 5 p.m.
Last year, a BestBlackFriday.com survey found 57 percent of Americans were against Thanksgiving openings while only 16 percent said they favored them.
“Many people are still strongly against the idea of retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving,” Dengler said. “Since Thanksgiving is all about family, a majority of people believe stores should be closed on the day.”
While still a minority, the website's new survey shows more people may be getting used to the idea. Nearly a quarter of the 1,069 surveyed this year said they were in favor of the holiday openings, close to a 9 percentage point increase over last year.
Staying closed Thanksgiving
Here is a list of retailers planning to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day:
Academy Sports + Outdoors
AT&T (company-owned stores)
Barnes & Noble
Big 5 Sporting Goods
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Blain’s Farm & Fleet
Bob's Discount Furniture
Christopher & Banks
Cost Plus World Market
Crate & Barrel
dressbarn (majority of stores)
El Dorado Furniture
Half Price Books
Harbor Freight Tools
Music & Arts
Office Depot and OfficeMax
The Original Mattress Factory
P.C. Richard & Son
Pier 1 Imports
Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sierra Trading Post
Sprint (some mall retail stores and kiosks may open on Thanksgiving)
Sur La Table
The Container Store
The Paper Store
Tractor Supply Co.
Mall of America, the nation's largest shopping and entertainment complex, announced on Nov. 1 that for the third year in a row it would remain closed Thanksgiving. The mall will kick off Black Friday at 5 a.m.
Kelly Tyko is a consumer columnist and retail reporter for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista, follow her on Twitter @KellyTyko and email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sign up for her weekly newsletter at www.tcpalm.com/newsletters.