Canada Stores & Malls: Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day?

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Thanksgiving Day?” That depends on where you are. Stores and malls in some provinces are allowed to open. In other provinces, retailers are required to remain closed on October 13.

I am by no means an expert on this. But here are the rules as I understand them and to the best of my knowledge:

ALBERTA: There are no laws in Alberta which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Alberta will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: There are no laws in British Columbia which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across British Columbia will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. There are exceptions for certain retailers in Winnipeg and Brandon. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants outside of Winnipeg and Brandon will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: There are no laws in the Northwest Territories which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across the Northwest Territories will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NUNAVUT: There are no laws in Nunavut which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nunavut will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

ONTARIO: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Exceptions: flower shops, gas stations, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, and book or magazine stores with 3 or less employees and of 2,400 square feet or less. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Ontario will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, this DOES include LCBO and Beer Stores, so plan ahead for the holiday!

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: Provincial law allows most retailers to be open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Quebec will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

SASKATCHEWAN: There are no laws in Saskatchewan which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays, providing they are normally open on Sundays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Saskatchewan will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

YUKON: There are no laws in the Yukon which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Yukon will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

As always, be sure to give a friendly call to your favorite store or mall to confirm holiday holiday hours of operation before venturing out on Monday, October 13. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

Black Friday/Thanksgiving Day Store Opening Times & Hours

My, how time flies! Did you realize we are less than 11 weeks away from Black Friday? This year’s biggest and busiest shopping day happens on Friday, November 28. Stores open earlier and earlier each year. In 2013, several “big box” retailers and some shopping malls jumped the gun by opening during the evening hours on Thanksgiving. This attracted many shoppers, as expected. However, this action also received some backlash by those who feel stores should remain closed on Thanksgiving Day so people can spend the day with friends and family. It remains to be seen if these stores will once again open on Thanksgiving in 2014.

In any case, now is the time to start putting your Black Friday and “Gray Thursday” shopping plan together. We will be posting store opening times and hours of operation as soon as we receive the information. You can never start too early when it comes to Black Friday! Be sure to bookmark HolidayShoppingHours.com and check back soon!

Most Stores & Restaurants Open Regular Hours on Grandparents’ Day

For 2014, Grandparents’ Day is on Sunday, September 7th. Since this is not a major holiday, nearly all stores, restaurants, and shopping malls will be open with normal hours of operation. There will be special sales and promotions at some locations, however. Grandparents’ Day only happens once a year. So, be sure to remember your grandparents and do something nice for them this Sunday.

Is it Open or Closed on Labor Day?

For 2014, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st. Before you head out to the stores and restaurants, it’s a good idea to check and see whether they are open or closed! Most eateries, shopping centers, and malls are open on Labor Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Other businesses may be closed entirely on Labor Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed:

BANKS – CLOSED

BARS & CLUBS – OPEN

BIG BOX STORES – OPEN (Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sports Authority, etc.)

CASUAL RESTAURANTS – OPEN (Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chevy’s, Red Lobster, HuHot, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Hut, Montana Mike’s, Lone Star Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Perkins, Denny’s, etc.)

CONVENIENCE STORES – OPEN (7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey’s, QuikTrip, etc.) – OPEN. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS – OPEN (Arby’s, Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Captain D’s, White Castle, Krystal, Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, A&W, Chipotle, etc.)

GROCERY STORES – OPEN (Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Cub Foods, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Food 4 Less, Albertsons, Safeway, Price Chopper, Von’s, Fred Meyer, Food Lion, Gerbes, Dillons, H-E-B., Ingles, Q.F.C., Hy-Vee, etc.) – most locations will be OPEN. However, some may be operating with reduced hours. An exception is ALDI. All ALDI stores will be CLOSED on Labor Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES – CLOSED. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Labor Day.

LIQUOR STORES – This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Labor Day while others do not.

MOVIE THEATERS – OPEN (AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc.) Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Labor Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES – OPEN (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.) These stores are almost always open. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores also have varying hours of operation during the Labor Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) – CLOSED

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES – OPEN (JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Younkers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Bergners, Nordstrom, etc.)

SCHOOLS – CLOSED

If you’re not sure, call the store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving the house. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite eating or shopping place is closed on Labor Day. Be smart out there. Plan ahead and have a great holiday weekend!

Canada Stores & Malls: Open or Closed on Labour Day?

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Labour Day?” That’s a tricky question. Unlike Labor Day in the States where practically everything is open, provincial law dictates whether or not businesses may open on Labour Day. Stores and malls are allowed to open in some provinces while required to remain closed on Labour Day in others. Additionally, some cities and municipalities have special rules. For instance, retailers are generally not allowed to open in Manitoba unless they are located in Winnipeg. But only on some holidays. Are you confused? Me, too! Keep reading as I try to sort this all out for you.

I am by no means an expert on this. But here are the rules as I understand them and to the best of my knowledge:

ALBERTA: There are no laws in Alberta which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Alberta will be OPEN on Labour Day.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: There are no laws in British Columbia which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across British Columbia will be OPEN on Labour Day.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The exception for Winnipeg (as described above) does NOT apply on Labour Day. So, most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Manitoba will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Brunswick Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Memorial Day/Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Additionally, retailers in St. John’s and Harbour Grace are required to close on Regatta Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: There are no laws in the Northwest Territories which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across the Northwest Territories will be OPEN on Labour Day.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NUNAVUT: There are no laws in Nunavut which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nunavut will be OPEN on Labour Day.

ONTARIO: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Exceptions: flower shops, gas stations, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, and book or magazine stores with 3 or less employees and of 2,400 square feet or less. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Ontario will be CLOSED on Labour Day. Yes, this DOES include LCBO and Beer Stores, so plan ahead for the holiday!

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Islander Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on Labour Day. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Christmas Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Quebec will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

SASKATCHEWAN: There are no laws in Saskatchewan which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays, providing they are normally open on Sundays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Saskatchewan will be OPEN on Labour Day.

YUKON: There are no laws in the Yukon which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Yukon will be OPEN on Labour Day.

As always, be sure to give a friendly call to your favorite store or mall to confirm holiday holiday hours of operation before venturing out. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Labour Day, Canada!

Menards Labor Day Hours 2014: Open Until 8PM on September 1

Menards home improvement stores have announced their holiday hours for Labor Day 2014. All stores will open at the regular time and will close at 8:00PM. Most Menards stores are open from 6:30AM-10:00PM on non-holiday weekdays. This may vary slightly by location, however. So, expect stores to close 2 hours earlier on Labor Day.

For future reference, here are Menards regular store hours at most locations:

Sunday: 8:00AM-8:00PM
Monday: 6:30AM-10:00PM
Tuesday: 6:30AM-10:00PM
Wednesday: 6:30AM-10:00PM
Thursday: 6:30AM-10:00PM
Friday: 6:30AM-10:00PM
Saturday: 6:30AM-10:00PM

Again, these hours may vary slightly by store. Be sure to call ahead and confirm hours of operation before checking out this year’s Menards Labor Day sales and deals!

Sales Tax Holidays & Tax Free Weekends are Here!

When we talk about “holidays” here on HolidayShoppingHours.com, it’s usually in reference to holiday hours at your favorite stores and restaurants. But there’s a different sort of “holiday” coming that you’ll want to be aware of.

In late July and throughout August, many states hold sales tax holidays or tax free weekends. During specific dates, certain items are allowed to be sold without sales tax being collected. Typically, the eligible items include clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Some states also allow computers and computer accessories as tax-free items. In Louisiana, you can purchase pretty much anything up to $2,500 except vehicles and pay no tax! In Connecticut and Maryland, the savings aren’t nearly as generous, but you do have an entire week to ax the tax instead of just a few days!

Here are the dates to be aware of for the 2014 sales tax holidays and tax free weekends.

Friday, July 25: Mississippi

Saturday, July 26: Mississippi

Friday, August 1: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Saturday, August 2: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Sunday, August 3: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Friday, August 8: Texas

Saturday, August 9: Texas

Sunday, August 10: Maryland, Texas

Monday, August 11: Maryland

Tuesday, August 12: Maryland

Wednesday, August 13: Maryland

Thursday, August 14: Maryland

Friday, August 15: Maryland

Saturday, August 16: Maryland, Massachusetts

Sunday, August 17: Connecticut, Massachusetts

Monday, August 18: Connecticut

Tuesday, August 19: Connecticut

Wednesday, August 20: Connecticut

Thursday, August 21: Connecticut

Friday, August 21: Connecticut

Saturday, August 22: Connecticut

These states will NOT be having a sales tax holiday or tax free weekend in 2014:

Alaska (no state sales tax), Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware (no state sales tax), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana (no state sales tax), Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire (no state sales tax), New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon (no state sales tax), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

2001 Audio Video Open/Closed Thanksgiving Day Sale Hours

Is 2001 Audio Video open on Thanksgiving Day? That depends on location. Provincial law dictates whether or not stores may open on Thanksgiving Day in Canada and if sales may occur on the holiday:

ALBERTA: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
MANITOBA: Most stores outside Brandon & Winnipeg are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NEW BRUNSWICK: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
NOVA SCOTIA: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NUNAVUT: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
ONTARIO: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
QUEBEC: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
SASKATCHEWAN: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
YUKON: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.

These are general rules and there may be exceptions. Stores that are open may be running holiday schedules with shorter hours of operation. Please call ahead to confirm hours before heading out to 2001 Audio Video for the Thanksgiving weekend sales, deals, coupon offers, and special holiday promotions

Addition Ellie Open/Closed Thanksgiving Day Sale Hours

Is Addition Ellie open on Thanksgiving Day? That depends on location. Provincial law dictates whether or not stores may open on Thanksgiving Day in Canada and if sales may occur on the holiday:

ALBERTA: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
MANITOBA: Most stores outside Brandon & Winnipeg are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NEW BRUNSWICK: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
NOVA SCOTIA: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NUNAVUT: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
ONTARIO: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
QUEBEC: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
SASKATCHEWAN: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
YUKON: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.

These are general rules and there may be exceptions. Stores that are open may be running holiday schedules with shorter hours of operation. Please call ahead to confirm hours before heading out to Addition Ellie for the Thanksgiving weekend sales, deals, coupon offers, and special holiday promotions

Aeropostale Canada Open/Closed Thanksgiving Day Sale Hours

Is Aeropostale Canada open on Thanksgiving Day? That depends on location. Provincial law dictates whether or not stores may open on Thanksgiving Day in Canada and if sales may occur on the holiday:

ALBERTA: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
BRITISH COLUMBIA: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
MANITOBA: Most stores outside Brandon & Winnipeg are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NEW BRUNSWICK: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
NOVA SCOTIA: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
NUNAVUT: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
ONTARIO: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Most stores are required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
QUEBEC: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
SASKATCHEWAN: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.
YUKON: Stores are allowed to open on Thanksgiving Day.

These are general rules and there may be exceptions. Stores that are open may be running holiday schedules with shorter hours of operation. Please call ahead to confirm hours before heading out to Aeropostale Canada for the Thanksgiving weekend sales, deals, coupon offers, and special holiday promotions