3. Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW)
> 2015 retail sales: $57.5 billion
> U.S. locations: 1,805
> Headquarters: Mooresville, North Carolina
Unlike department stores and other retailers, hardware stores tend to have their biggest shopping period not during the holidays but during the spring, when many people begin home improvement projects. Lowe’s stores will open their doors at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Some retailers have felt the pressure to begin the holiday shopping season earlier to combat declining profits. Lowe’s, however, appears to have been more resilient than many other retailers. The company reported at least $2.2 billion in earnings in each of the last three years, and company shares are up nearly 200% over the last five years.
2. The Home Depot (NYSE: HD)
> 2015 retail sales: $79.3 billion
> U.S. locations: 1,977
> Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia
Unlike many commercial retailers, The Home Depot’s busiest sales season is the spring, and not the holidays. Likely as a result, the company will not be opening its doors to bargain shoppers on Thanksgiving this year. Still, Black Friday deals will begin on the company’s website at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and continue at brick-and-mortar locations as they open their doors at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. The largest home improvement store in the world, The Home Depot has more than 2,200 stores in North America, nearly 2,000 of which are in the U.S.
1. Costco (NASDAQ: COST)
> 2015 retail sales: $83.5 billion
> U.S. locations: 501
> Headquarters: Issaquah, Washington
In observance of the national holiday, Costco warehouses will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday deals will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue to be available during business hours through Monday, November 28.
In addition to its 501 U.S. locations, Costco has more than 200 warehouses in countries across Europe, Asia, and Australia, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Due to its significant international footprint, the loss of a single day in the busy U.S. holiday season the loss of a single day in the busy U.S. holiday season may have less of an impact on the company’s total annual sales.