Open or Closed on Valentine’s Day Tuesday February 14

Just a reminder, Valentine’s Day 2016 is Sunday, February 14. Although Valentine’s Day is a fun romantic holiday, it is not a federal or state holiday. So, it is usually not considered a holiday for the purpose of having special hours of operation. This means most restaurants, stores, shopping centers and malls will be open regular hours on Tuesday, February 14. If you’re planning on taking your special someone to the movies, out to eat, or attending any other event, you should find that everything is running on regular schedule for Valentine’s Day. You might want to plan ahead and make those dinner reservations, however. The “good places” tend to fill up quickly on the evening of February 14th.

Even though most places will not have special Valentine’s Day shopping hours, don’t think there won’t be plenty of Valentine’s Day sales! These have become popular in recent years, so most stores, restaurants, and malls now have Valentine’s Day sales and/or special promotional deals and events scheduled for February 14. Check with your favorite places of business to see who is having the biggest and best shopping events in your area. And of course, don’t forget to head back to the grocery and discount stores on February 15 for half price Valentine’s Day candy. (This is one of my favorite aspects of this holiday!) Happy Valentine’s Day, shoppers!

Open or Closed on Super Bowl Sunday February 5

If you’re out and about on Super Bowl Sunday, February 5, bear in mind that some stores and restaurants will close early for the Big Game. While out last year, I noticed several businesses with signs on their front doors that indicated they would be closing early on Sunday afternoon/evening. Most of these said something to the effect of “____ will be closing early this Sunday so that our employees can watch the Super Bowl with their friends and families.” Generally, these locations will be opening at their regular Sunday time. But they will close early so that everyone can go watch the football game.

Many places will be open with regular hours of operation, of course. Super Bowl Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year for sports bars and bar/restaurant establishments. But at family restaurants, business is typically slow on this day, so some have decided to close early. Stores and shopping centers/malls also have reduced traffic and customer counts on the day of the Big Game, so they may be closing early as well.

Before you head out on Super Bowl Sunday, be sure to call ahead and confirm the store or restaurant will be open during their regular sale hours. It’s always a better option than wasting time and gas, only to get there and find out the place is closed. Be safe out there and enjoy the Big Game!

Open or Closed on MLK Day Monday January 16

For 2017, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day happens on Monday, January 16th. If you’re planning on spending the day shopping or dining out, I have great news: most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on MLK Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Martin Luther King Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on January 16, 2017:

BANKS are CLOSED on MLK Day.

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on MLK Day.

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: Walmart, Costco, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sam’s Club, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc. Many locations will be holding special Martin Luther King Day sales and promotions!

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on MLK Day: Golden Corral, 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, Ryan’s, etc.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: 7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey’s, QuikTrip, SuperAmerica, Speedway, Raceway, etc. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on MLK Day: 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, Popeyes, A&W, Rally’s/Checkers, Wendy’s, etc.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: 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, Harris Teeter, BI-LO, etc. Some locations may be operating with reduced hours.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on MLK Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Martin Luther King Day.

LIQUOR STORES are generally OPEN on MLK Day. However, this may depend on which state and/or city you are located in. Most areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Martin Luther King Day while others prohibit these sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on MLK Day: AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc. Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled for Martin Luther King Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc. These retailers 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 might have varying hours of operation during the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on MLK Day.

SCHOOLS are generally CLOSED on MLK Day. This includes grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on MLK Day: JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Bergners, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Younkers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc. Many locations will be having Martin Luther King Day sales and special deals!

Of course, these are general rules and there may be exceptions. If you’re not sure, be sure to call your favorite store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving home. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite shopping or dining place is closed on Martin Luther King Day 2017. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!