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Dozens of Stores Are Closing on Thanksgiving This Year to Encourage Family Time

Customers at Walmart's Black Friday shopping event on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 in Rogers, Ark. (Photo by Gunnar Rathbun/Invision for Walmart/AP Images)

More than three dozen retailers — including Costco, Nordstrom, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, Cabela’s, GameStop, Dillard’s, Hobby Lobby, Staples and Sam’s Club — have announced that they will be closing their doors for the Thanksgiving holiday this year so their employees can have a full day off to enjoy a turkey feast and give thanks for their blessings with family and friends.

“Imagine a world where instead of rushing to buy, we gave thanks for what we already have?” said T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods in a holiday ad:

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The three heavyweights — Walmart, Target, and Best Buy —  will be open for those who would rather spend time bargain hunting on the holiday. According to Deal News, “stores like Walmart continue to claim that the Thanksgiving hours have proven to be popular with shoppers,” so there’s little reason for them to stop now.

Some stores, like Old Navy and Target, will open their doors later in the afternoon at around 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, allowing employees an opportunity to eat an early turkey dinner with family before they go in to work. Not a bad compromise.

A complete list of Thanksgiving and Black Friday store hours can be found here.