Six years ago, big-box giant Walmart surprised the country by announcing that its Black Friday sales would start on Thanksgiving night. Die-hard Black Friday shoppers cheered the decision, while die-hard turkey day enthusiasts claimed the move destroyed the meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday and forced both employees and customers to abandon their families.

The two sides have battled ever since, as more and more stores have jumped on the early-sales game. But the tide might finally be turning. This year a number of stores have announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. And one is taking things even further and closing for Black Friday, too.

According to the website Bestblackfriday.com, 75 stores will keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving, including Costco, TJ Maxx, Lowe's, Pier 1, Petsmart, H&M, Ikea, Marshalls, Office Depot and Office Max, HomeGoods, Patagonia and Raymour & Flanigan. Here's the full list:

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware
  • Acme Tools
  • Allen Edmonds
  • American Girl
  • At Home
  • AT&T (Company-Owned Stores)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture
  • Burlington
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • dressbarn (majority of stores)
  • El Dorado Furniture
  • Fleet Farm
  • Gander Outdoors
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Stores
  • Lamps Plus
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Micro Center
  • Music & Arts
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Northern Tool
  • Office Depot & OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Pep Boys
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Retail Stores Closed Unless Mall Dictates Otherwise; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • The Paper Store
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

Family time (and online shopping) rule

When asked why the stores were closing for Thanksgiving, the response was the same. Store managers want their employees and customers to have time to spend with their families, time that's not interrupted because an employee has to go into work or because a shopper doesn't want to miss out on holiday sales. That's a message many shoppers will likely reward when stores do open on Black Friday.

In 2015, outdoor retailer REI bucked the holiday shopping trend even further by announcing that all of its stores would be closed on Thanksgiving and also on Black Friday. Instead, REI encouraged its employees and customers to #OptOutside, for a weekend connected with family and nature. That move resulted in 1 million new memberships for the store.

According to a poll conducting by the BestBlackFriday.com last year, almost 40 percent of shoppers "strongly dislike" it when stores are open on Thanksgiving Day, while only 5.6 percent are in favor of it. This coincides with a report released last year that found shopping at brick-and-mortar stores had decreased on both Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day.

With Americans reluctant to give up their post-turkey family time in search of the best deals, and with many stores now offering "doorbuster" sales online, it's no wonder cybershopping has become the name of the game for the holiday season. While foot traffic decreased at many stores on Black Friday in past years, Adobe reported that online Black Friday sales topped $3.34 billion in 2016, an increase of 21.6 percent from the previous year. On Thanksgiving Day 2016, Americans spent almost $2 billion online, up 11.5 percent from 2015.

The trend to lure shoppers in early by kicking-off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day may finally be turning, as more shoppers are skipping the crowds and doing their shopping — no matter the day — from home.

Editor's note: This article has been updated since it was originally published in November 2017.

These stores will be closed on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving shoppers in search of the best deals no longer have to head to the store to find them — they can just grab them online (and hang out with family.)