ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - Most locally-owned small businesses will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but a few have made the decision to stay open for the holiday.
The Roanoke Co+Op grocery store has decided to stay open on the holiday for the first time in its recent history.
"Thanksgiving is always one of the busiest weeks of the year," said Roanoke Co+Op Spokesman John Bryant.
"We think being a food holiday, we think it's important to be open just a few hours so you can come in and get those few extra things."
But they only made the decision after seeing if some of their employees were okay with the idea.
"We wanted to make sure it was very clear that the folks that wanted to be here and say they are willing to do that it's not like something we made them do."
At Willow Tree Antiques, owner April Weaver says it wasn't a hard decision to close the shop for the holiday.
"You know it is time to be with your family on Thanksgiving. We think that is important, so the store will be closed," said Weaver.
She says her vendors like the idea.
"I think that most of them have thought it was important, saying I'm glad you are going to be closed on Thursday."
If you were hoping to practice some yoga at most studios like Utarra Yoga Studio on Thanksgiving Day, you will be out of luck.
"So we think it is a day you should spend with your family," said Yoga Instructor Sally Wesley.
She says all of their clients have been supportive of the decision.
"If someone is that into it, they will be practicing on their own tomorrow."
Several chain stores will be open on Thanksgiving this year, according to BestBlackFriday.com.
They've confirmed the following stores will be open on Thanksgiving:
Bass Pro Shops – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m
Bealls Florida – 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Belk – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
Bergner’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
Best Buy – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
Big Lots -7 a.m. to midnight
Bon-Ton – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
Boscov’s – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
Boston Store – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
Cabela’s – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Carson’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
CVS Pharmacy (hours not yet announced)
Dick’s Sporting Goods – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday
Dollar General – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dunham’s Sports – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
Elder-Beerman – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
Five Below – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
Fred’s Pharmacy – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GameStop – 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Herberger’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday
JCPenney – Thanksgiving 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday
Kohl’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 1 p.m. CT Black Friday (doorbusters end this time)
Kmart – Opens 6 a.m.; Doorbusters Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 p.m. Black Friday; Some stores to close at 12 a.m. or 2 a.m. and reopen at 6 a.m. Friday
Macy’s – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Black Friday or Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday before reopening at 6 a.m. Friday. Doorbusters until Friday at 1 p.m.
Meijer – 6 a.m.
Michaels – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Opens at 5 p.m. for Rewards members.
New York & Company (hours not yet announced)
Rite Aid – Hours Vary by Location (most stores open)
Sears – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Shopko – Thanksgiving 4 p.m. to 2 p.m. Black Friday
Stage Stores – Thanksgiving 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Black Friday
Target – 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Toys R Us – Thanksgiving 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Black Friday
ULTA – Thanksgiving 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Black Friday
Value City Furniture – 6 p.m. to Midnight
Walgreens – Varies by Location
Walmart – 6 p.m.
Younker’s – Thanksgiving 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Black Friday