Holiday shopping is going to look different this year. Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, major retailers are already making plans for the holiday season. For the safety of customers and employees, some stores have announced that they will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, which falls on Thursday, November 26 this year.
In the past, Thanksgiving marked the unofficial beginning of the holiday shopping season, especially as Black Friday started to kick off Turkey Day evening. Since a number of major stores will be closed this year, customers won't have to wait in long lines and push through crowds of people to score deals. Instead, customers who still want to score major deals can shop online.
Walmart was the first major retailer to announce that its stores (including its Sam's Club locations) will be closed this Thanksgiving. "We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up," President and CEO of Walmart U.S. John Furner said in a statement. "We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones. We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts."
On Monday, Target joined Walmart in its decision to close on the holiday. “The investments we’ve made in our business and our incredible team have enabled us to move with flexibility and speed to meet guests’ changing needs during this global pandemic,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in an announcement. “This year more than ever, a joyful holiday will be inseparable from a safe one, and we’re continuing to adjust our plans to deliver ease, value, and the joy of the season in a way that only Target can.” Customers will still be able to shop holiday deals at Target online and in stores, starting in October.
Below is a list of major retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year:
- Best Buy
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- Sam's Club
We'll be updating this list as we receive new information.
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