It’s Thanksgiving Day and you’ve been planning for weeks. You triple checked your grocery list and have everything in the kitchen under control. And then… oh no! You burnt the rolls! Or you forgot the cranberry sauce, or you dropped the gravy — whatever the mishap, your family will never let you live it down. Off to the grocery store you go. But which grocery stores are even open on Thanksgiving this year?

Be thankful this Thanksgiving that lots of grocery stores have your back for when things in the kitchen go a little unplanned. Here are 20 grocery stores that will save you:

Food Lion

Most Food Lion locations will be open on Thanksgiving Day, though some may close earlier than usual — at either 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. Call your nearby store ahead of time to be sure.

Whole Foods Market

Run out of wine early? Whole Foods Markets will be open until 10 p.m.


You’re pulling into Aunt Linda’s neighborhood when you realize you forgot the stuffing int he crock pot. Albertans will be open from 6 a.m. to at least 10 p.m., so snag some store bought stuff any time you would like.


Surprise guests headed your way? You might need more a few more place settings. Walmart to the rescue! Walmart will be open Thanksgiving Day.


Target usually opens later in the day, so if you eat late, or if it’s dessert you need, Target can come through for you. Last year, the store was open from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.


Kroger will be open on Turkey Day with some locations open 24 hours!


Sister decide to announce today she’s gone vegan? Head to Wegmans to pick up something she’ll actually eat. Wegmans is usually open from 6 a.m. to midnight.

Sprouts Farmers market

Save your Thanksgiving dinner with last minute purchases from Sprouts between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.


Pumpkin pie without whipped cream just won’t cut it. Hop in the car and head to Shaw’s for a few containers of Cool Whip. The grocery chain will be open during regular business hours.

Giant Eagle

This grocery chain, primarily located in Pennsylvania and Ohio, will be open for business on Thanksgiving Day, but all locations will close at 4 p.m. — still that should give you plenty of time to get your last minute Turkey Day goods. Find a store near you.


You can’t make a pie without butter. Stop by Ralph’s beginning 5 a.m. and pick up whatever supplies you forgot.

Rite Aid

Rite Aid rises bright and early for all your Turkey Day mishaps — or prescription needs and more. Most locations will be open at 7 a.m. but check your local store for specific hours.


Kids demanding green bean casserole not in your original plans? Make holiday dreams come true with a quick trip to Acme for everything you need.

Stop & Shop

In a hurry to get back home to your roasting turkey? Stop at Stop & Shop and get in and out with whatever you originally forgot.

Shop Rite

Uh oh! Who forgot the yams? Pick some up at your local ShopRite. Check with your local store for hours.


Safeway is usually open between 6 a.m. and midnight, but call your nearest location to be sure.

Cub Foods

Midwesterners can be thankful Cub Foods is ready to handle Thanksgiving Day forgetfulness.


Your mom forgot to bring the cornbread — again. Take her to Vons and save her from family shame.


Rejoice! Winn-Dixie can help you with your last-minute grocery store run on Turkey Day. Usual hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Eat late? Hannaford can help. Normal business hours are 6 a.m. to at least 11 p.m.


Technically not a grocery store, but most Walgreens locations will open up at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Call ahead before you stop by.

The Fresh Market

The Fresh Market is usually open until 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Dollar General

You might not find a last-minute turkey here, but if you’re in a pinch for cake icing or disposable cookware, you’re in luck. Last year, Dollar General opened its doors at 7 a.m.


Fairway is usually open on Thanksgiving Day for last minute pick-ups, but call ahead just to be sure.

Also see, 21 restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.