Here Are the Major Grocery Stores Open on Thanksgiving

Here Are the Major Grocery Stores Open on Thanksgiving

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Naomi Tomky
Nov 19, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman | Kitchn)

The turkey's ready to go in the oven, the potatoes are mashed, the stuffing is going well, but … shoot! Where's the cranberry sauce? Even the best list-makers and party-planners sometimes forget that one ingredient that was going to make or break a dish and have to run out at the last minute. Thankfully, some grocery stores stay open on the big day, ready to save Thanksgiving and let you pretend nothing ever went wrong.

But don't bother stopping into Aldi, Costco, Publix, or Trader Joe's — they, like many stores around the country, all close on Thanksgiving Day. Other stores, like Walmart and Target, are closed during most of the emergency-dinner-shopping hours, opening later in the day for Black Friday sales — so technically they are open on Thanksgiving, but you probably don't want to battle someone looking for a discounted television just to get those final sprigs of thyme you need. But a significant amount of grocery stores around the country stay open until mid-afternoon, allowing customers to get in the last-minute shopping, but still letting their employees leave in time to enjoy a meal of their own.

Here are the stores you can depend on for last-minute almonds and stuffing to save the day. Just remember — these folks are working on a day everyone else is not, so treat your checkers and baggers like the royalty that they are, even through your holiday frazzle. Also, the hours depend on individual stores, so use this as a general guide, but check with your local branch.

Albertsons: Most are open approximately 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

H-E-B: All stores open 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hy-Vee: Most stores open, hours vary

Kroger: Most open 6 a.m. to midnight

QFC: All stores open until 6 p.m.

Safeway: Most open 6 a.m. to midnight

Target: Stores open at 5 p.m. for Black Friday

Walmart: Stores open at 6 p.m. for Black Friday

WinCo: All stores close at 3 p.m.

Whole Foods: Most open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Wegmans: Most open 6 a.m. to midnight

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