Many stores are making early announcements about their plans to remain closed during the Thanksgiving holiday.

As Black Friday sales seem to begin earlier and earlier every year, many retailers have started to receive backlash from the public as well as their employees for opening on Thanksgiving Day.

Working holiday hours isn't out of the norm for some jobs, but the idea of pushing for every dollar at the mercy of employees spending time with their families has shed a negative light on some retail outlets.

According to Best Black Friday, nearly 60 stores have made early announcements that they will remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. So far, the list of regional and national stores include:

- A.C. Moore
- Abt Electronics
- Academy Sports + Outdoors
- At Home
- BJ’s Wholesale Club
- Blain’s Farm and Fleet
- Burlington
- Cabela’s
- Cost Plus World Market
- Costco
- Craft Warehouse
- Crate and Barrel
- DSW – Designer Shoe Warehouse
- Ethan Allen
- Gardner-White Furniture
- Guitar Center
- H&M
- Half Price Books
- Harbor Freight
- Hobby Lobby
- Home Depot
- HomeGoods
- Homesense
- IKEA
- JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
- Jos. A. Bank
- La-Z-Boy (all corporately owned stores)
- Lowe’s
- Marshalls
- Mattress Firm
- Micro Center
- Music & Arts
- Neiman Marcus
- Office Depot and OfficeMax
- Outdoor Research (closed Black Friday too)
- P.C. Richard & Son
- Party City
- Patagonia
- Petco
- PetSmart
- Pier 1 Imports
- Publix
- Raymour & Flanigan Furniture
- Sam’s Club
- Sierra Trading Post
- Sportsman’s Warehouse
- Sprint (Corporate & Dealer Owned Stores; Mall Kiosks May Open)
- Staples
- Sur La Table
- The Container Store
- The Original Mattress Factory
- TJ Maxx
- Tractor Supply
- Trollbeads
- Von Maur
- West Marine

I applaud these stores for remaining closed for employees to enjoy time with their families, especially since the hectic Black Friday sales will make the beginning of a hectic holiday season.

How do you feel about the stores closing on Thanksgiving? Sound off in the comments and tell me what you think!

[via Best Black Friday]