Black Friday latest news: More stores join Thanksgiving closures list

Even more stores are joining the list of those that will not open on Thanksgiving Day after reports earlier this month revealed a few had already declared they wouldn't.

The declarations are in response to years of retailers moving their Black Friday shopping hours to earlier times — so early that some went ahead and opened on Thanksgiving.

Some consumers cried foul over having to make a decision whether to leave family holiday gatherings to get the best deals, and felt employees should not have to decide whether to work. In a few states, opening on a holiday is illegal.

Retailers have responded by promising to stay closed. Black Friday watchdog website BestBlackFriday.com is maintaining a list of shops staying closed, which includes such giants as IKEA, Lowe's, Neiman Marcus, T.J. Maxx and more.

Even the largest mall in the country — the Mall of America — is vowing to keep its doors closed until Friday.

Bealls Florida says it will open later in the evening (6 p.m.) on Thanksgiving Day. Macy's department stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

BestBlackFriday.com also reports Kohl's has not offered an official opening time, but it is likely to be on Thanksgiving Day.

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