By Alan Wolf, YSN

Not many.

After years of family values pushback and compounded by the COVID crisis, national chains that once made a point of opening on Thanksgiving remained dark yesterday.

Among the heavyweights who previously unleashed their Black Friday doorbusters on Thursday: Best Buy, Walmart, Target and Sam’s Club. But this year they joined fellow box stores Costco, Lowe’s and Home Depot, which had long been adamant about observing the national holiday.

As Walmart U.S. president/CEO John Furner conceded, “We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones.”

See: Bye-Bye Black Friday?

So who, if anyone, was open for business yesterday? The list was short according to BestBlackFriday.com, a comparison-shopping site, and comprised mainly of pharmacies and grocery stores, many with reduced hours. Among them: Albertsons, Big Lots, CVS, Harris Teeter, HEB, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, Safeway, Walgreens, Wegmans and Whole Foods.

As the website noted, many stayed open not for doorbuster shoppers, but for those who needed to pick up food and medical necessities.

That’s not to say that retailers have entirely retired the idea of Thanksgiving Day sales. Customers looking for a time out from turkey, a leg-stretch between servings, or an excuse to leave the table found promos aplenty online.

Hopefully they saved some leftovers for those still minding the cyberstores.