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What Tampa Bay stores are open on Thanksgiving? We have a list.

More stores have chosen to close for the holiday this year, making last-minute purchases tricky on Thursday.
 
Target is joining Walmart, Best Buy and Walgreens in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a long tradition of jump starting Black Friday sales.
Target is joining Walmart, Best Buy and Walgreens in closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a long tradition of jump starting Black Friday sales. [ SUSAN WALSH | AP ]
Published Nov. 21, 2023

If you need some last-minute Thanksgiving ingredients, your choice of stores is limited on Thursday. And big box stores like Target, Best Buy, Walmart and Walgreens (for the first time in company history) are giving their employees the day off, though they are primed for the Black Friday shopping the next day.

For many restaurants that are open on Thanksgiving, reservations were needed for dinner. See this list for those offering Thanksgiving dinner. Also, the fast casual chains Bob Evans, Cracker Barrel, Krispy Kreme and Waffle House are open Thursday.

The Tampa EDITION is offering complete heat and serve Thanksgiving meals to-go for $525.
The Tampa EDITION is offering complete heat and serve Thanksgiving meals to-go for $525. [ Courtesy of Tampa EDITION ]

What’s closed on Thanksgiving

Libraries and government offices in Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties are closed Thanksgiving and Friday.

Post Office: As is the case with all federal holidays, the U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail on Thursday. Mail delivery will resume Friday.

Stock market: The New York Stock Exchange observes U.S. holidays, so the stock market will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Walgreens is closing nearly all of its stores and pharmacies for the first time in company history to give team members time with their loved ones.
Walgreens is closing nearly all of its stores and pharmacies for the first time in company history to give team members time with their loved ones.

Stores closed:

  • Publix
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Mazzaro’s Italian Market
  • ALDI
  • Best Buy
  • BJ’s
  • Costco
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Ikea
  • JCPenny
  • Kohl’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Marshalls
  • Michaels
  • Petco/Petsmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Target
  • T.J. Maxx
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens
Busch Gardens is open on Thanksgiving Day and once again the park is drenched in lights for Christmas Town and it has several entertainment options, from ice shows to Elmo's Christmas Wish.
Busch Gardens is open on Thanksgiving Day and once again the park is drenched in lights for Christmas Town and it has several entertainment options, from ice shows to Elmo's Christmas Wish. [ LUIS SANTANA | TIMES | Times (2019)  ]

What’s open on Thanksgiving

Busch Gardens is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and the park has already rolled out its Christmas Town entertainment lineup, with the park drenched in lights. The Christmas on Ice holiday ice skating show will have four performances that day in the Moroccan Palace Theater.

Stores open:

  • CVS: All 24-hour CVS Pharmacy locations will be open. Select stores will have reduced hours.
  • Dollar General: Locations in most areas will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Starbucks: Locations will be open on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
  • Whole Foods: Holiday hours may be limited, stores may close early.
  • Fresh Market: Open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sprouts Farmers Market: Open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.