Photo: Denise Civiletti

Shopping for holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day is a thing of the past, as major retailers will remain closed for the holiday again this year.

Stores are no longer opening in the middle of the night on Black Friday, with most opening their doors a few hours earlier than usual and some even opening at their regular times.

Holiday shopping patterns have changed, according to the National Retail Federation, with more shoppers starting earlier in the month of November, and even in October. Nevertheless, the NRF says, 166.3 million people are planning to shop from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, online and in stores — up from the number of people shopping over the holiday weekend over the past two years and higher than the pre-pandemic shopping season in 2019.

Riverhead’s Route 58 commercial corridor is home to Tanger Outlets and many major national retailers. All will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday opening times at Riverhead retailers:

5 a.m.: Best Buy.

6 a.m.: Alta Beauty, Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shop, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Tanger Outlets , Tractor Supply, Walmart.

7 a.m.: Ashley Furniture, DSW, Harbor Freight Tools,Home Goods, Homesense, Marshall’s, PetSmart.

8 a.m.: Barnes & Noble, BJ’s, Griffing Hardware, Talmage Farm Agway, 5 Below.

9 a.m.: Bob’s Discount Furniture, Costco, Staples, Petco.

Holiday closings and schedule changes

Schools, banks, courts, the library and all government offices are closed Thanksgiving Day. There is no Riverhead Town trash pickup on Thursday.

Riverhead Town Hall and all town offices will also be closed on Friday. Schools and Riverhead Free Library will be closed on Friday as well.

The LIRR will operate on a weekend schedule Thanksgiving Day and on a regular weekday schedule Friday.

Suffolk County Transit buses will not operate on Thanksgiving.

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