It can be a challenge to pick up last minute items the day of Thanksgiving, when you’re missing an ingredient or are in a bind. Maybe you forgot the cranberries, or you’re realizing that there aren’t enough green beans. When you need to run to the supermarket, it’s helpful to know which ones in Greater Boston will still be open on the holiday.
Massachusetts Blue Laws control operating hours for certain retail establishments on Sundays and some holidays, and so many major grocery stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. Local branches of chains like Stop and Shop and Whole Foods will not be operating, nor will any Trader Joe’s, but a few other markets and retailers will remain open. We’ve rounded up their hours below.
You can pick up simple items that you may need for the holiday at Boston Convenience locations, ranging from brown sugar to fresh fruit and sour cream. The Cambridge spot will be open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., the Boston location will be open for 24 hours, and the Somerville spot will welcome customers from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (1 Leighton St., Cambridge; 1912 Beacon St., Boston; 6 Broadway, Somerville; 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; 24 hours; 6 a.m.-9 p.m.)
A family-owned grocery store in Cambridge, Broadway Marketplace will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, supplying customers with fruits and vegetables, fresh cuts of meat, a selection of ice cream, and baked goods. The market also has Thanksgiving staples, like cooked turkey breast, spiral ham, mashed potatoes, and homemade stuffing. (468 Broadway Terrace, Cambridge; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
City Feed & Supply on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but you will find that its smaller Boylston Street location will be closed. Pick up cheese, local produce, fresh fish, bread from artisan bakeries, and Equal Exchange coffee. (672 Centre St., Boston; 8 a.m.-2 p.m.)
DeLuca’s Market’s Charles Street location will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., while their Newbury Street spot will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop in for cheeses, cured meats, produce, fresh bread, and deli items. (11 Charles St., Boston; 239 Newbury St., Boston; 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)
This North End, boutique grocery store offers hand cut and trimmed meats, specialty cheeses and spreads, pumpkin and apple pies, and party supplies. Be sure to grab a bottle from their wine selection for your holiday meal. The market will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. (179 Commercial St., Boston; 6 a.m.-11 p.m.)
At this Asian supermarket with locations in Cambridge, Burlington, Quincy, and Brookline, there’s plenty of produce to go around, as well as fresh meats and liquor. The Cambridge store is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. hours on Thursday, while the Burlington and Quincy stores will be operating from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Brookline spot is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (581 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 3 Old Concord Rd., Burlington; 101 Falls Blvd, Quincy; 1028 Beacon St., Brookline; 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; 9 a.m.-9 p.m.)
This large market in Somerville, specializing in fresh Asian foods, is available for you if you need produce or any packaged groceries that could enhance your Thanksgiving meal. During the holiday, they will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (45 Union Square, Somerville; 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.)
A variety of pastas, Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, nuts, and chips can be purchased at South End Food Emporium, along with selections of fruits and vegetables, if you decide to make a tray of roasted sweet potatoes. They’ll be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., so you’ll have ample time to pick up any last minute groceries. (469 Columbus Ave., Boston; 7 a.m.–7 p.m.)
Most Walgreens locations will be closed, except for 24-hour spots like the ones in East Boston and Revere. Depending on where you shop, you might be able to find baking flour, boxes of pasta, cranberry sauce, as well as the cinnamon you’ll need to top off your pumpkin pie. (Various locations)
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