Thanksgiving was once a time to gather around the table, have a slice of turkey, and enjoy familial bonds.
However, it seems like the holiday has become a rush to get all your food in before 6 p.m. when many big box stores open their doors for early Black Friday sales.
But some companies are committing themselves to giving their employees — and the public for that matter — a break from the holiday madness by shutting their doors just for that day.
This list is comprised of some larger stores that have Utah County locations.
None of these stores are based in Utah County, and this list does not include the assumed plethora of small businesses that are also shutting their doors for the holiday. If you think we missed any other large retailers, please let us know.
Ace is the place with the helpful hardware folks -- who like to spend Thanksgiving with their families.
Locations: 1334 N. State St., Provo; 3067 N. Canyon Road, Provo; 888 N. 600 East, Spanish Fork; 330 S. Main St., Pleasant Grove; 795 N. State Road 198, Salem; 84 E Utah Ave., Payson; 5353 Parkway East Drive, Highland; 4045 E. Pony Express Parkway, Eagle Mountain
Even though they brand themselves as "The Home and holiday Decor Superstore," At Home closes its doors on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Location: 1165 S. University Ave., Provo
Barnes and Noble
The popular bookstore chain will continue its long tradition of letting its workers have Thanksgiving Day off.
Locations: 330 E. 1300 South, Orem
Big 5 Sporting Goods
The all-sports retailer with other odds and ends for the whole family will not be open for Thanksgiving; so you better have your Turkey Bowl football gear beforehand.
Locations: 45 N. 700 West, American Fork; 1290 S. State St., Orem; 141 E. 1000 North, Spanish Fork
Burlington Coat Factory
Black Friday will have to wait until it’s actually Friday if you want to get any of Burlington’s coats or other apparel.
Location: 268 N. 750 West, American Fork; 340 E University Parkway, Orem
It’s not hard to find turkeys bigger than your head, boxes of stuffing weighing more than a child, and cans of more cranberry sauce than your nephew will actually eat.
But if tragedy strikes and you ran out of gravy in the middle of dinner, don’t count on running to Costco on Thanksgiving.
Locations: 198 N. 1200 East, Lehi; 648 E. 800 South, Orem; 273 E. 1000 North, Spanish Fork
Many mall stores are taking a stand for their workers on Thanksgiving Day, and Dillard's is one of these such stores.
Location: 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., Provo
Want to show off some sweet riffs this holiday? Well, make sure you’re prepped with strings, picks and everything you need before Thanksgiving Day arrives.
Location: 64 E. 1300 South, Orem
Unlike many retailers of comparable size and apparel, H&M's stores will be dark for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Location: 575 E. University Parkway, Orem; 3700 N. Cabela's Blvd., Lehi
Craft and home decor store Hobby Lobby will close its doors on Thanksgiving, so don't forget items for your Thanksgiving table centerpieces ahead of time.
Locations: 360 W. University Parkway, Orem; 240 NW State St., American Fork
Hopefully your rambunctious grandkids don’t knock a hole in your wall amidst the Thanksgiving festivities, because you’ll have to wait a day before Home Depot’s doors will be opened.
Location: 885 W Grassland Drive, American Fork; 535 S. Lindon Park Drive, Lindon; 1550 S. University Ave., Provo
Don’t expect to visit the home of plush towels and soft pillows on Thanksgiving.
Location: 764 W. 240 North Meadow Lane, American Fork
The home of quilt and crochet lovers everywhere, JoAnn Fabrics will make sure all the hard work employees put in is recognized on Thanksgiving Day.
Locations: 172 E. University Parkway, Orem; 640 E. State St., American Fork; 1082 N. Main St., Spanish Fork
Like its competitor Home Depot, Lowe's has decided to give their hard workers a day to relax and enjoy their families, rather than helping customers find the best piping and two-by-fours.
Locations: 242 N. 1200 East, Lehi; 140 W. University Parkway, Orem; 1351 Canyon Creek Parkway, Spanish Fork
With its sister store HomeGoods closing up on Thanksgiving, it only makes sense for Marshall's to do likewise.
Location: 1798 W. Traverse Parkway, Lehi
Thanksgiving Day won't be the day to get a new mattress. Mattress Firm locations will be closed.
Location: 651 W. Main St. Ste B, American Fork; 210 W. University Parkway, Orem; 918 N. 700 East, Spanish Fork
You don’t have to pay hundreds for designer brands as the mantra of Nordstrom Rack states. But you’ll have to wait a day for those discount prices.
Location: 360 E. University Parkway, Orem
Office Depot/Office Max
Hopefully you don't have to work on Thanksgiving, but if you do, stock up on pens and pads on Wednesday if you plan on shopping at the office supply chains.
Location: 604 W. Main St., American Fork; 307 E. University Parkway, Orem
Make sure you got Fido’s food before Thanksgiving, because the pet supply superstore will be closed up for Thanksgiving.
Locations: 1118 N. Canyon Creek Parkway, Spanish Fork; 85 S. State St., Orem
Just like its competitor Petco, PetSmart’s doggy doors are closed for Thanksgiving.
Location: 990 W. State Road, American Fork; 20 W. University Parkway, Orem
Pier 1 Imports
The retailer of random sundry gifts and decorations is making sure its customers have their Thanksgiving décor before the big day. The home retailer is taking a stand, yet again, of prioritizing the holiday for their employees.
Location: 374 E. University Parkway, Orem
This may come as a surprise, considering Sam’s Club’s parent company, Walmart, was on the forefront of pushing Black Friday deals into Thanksgiving day. But it must be a trend among warehouse stores as Sam’s Club joins competitor Costco in the Thanksgiving lockout.
Locations: 1313 S. University Ave., Provo
The mecca of paper and office supplies is taking a break from filling your workplace with pens and printer toner to give their employees a chance to fill themselves with turkey and pie. And let’s be real, most offices have the day off anyway.
Locations: 336 E. University Parkway, Orem; 971 S. University Ave., Provo
When you think of deals, TJ Maxx comes to mind, but don't try shopping there until Black Friday. The retailer will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Locations: 268 W. 1300 South, Orem; 1261 N. Canyon Creek Parkway, Spanish Fork
Utah County's latest specialty grocery store isn't afraid to give its employees and you a day off on Thanksgiving. Just make sure you have plenty of Joe Joes before your feast.
Location: 440 E. Park Ave., Orem