Target Joins Walmart to Stay Closed for Thanksgiving This Year

A cashier places a bag of items in a customer’s shopping cart at a Target Corp. store in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

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Two of the largest retailers in the US are closing their doors on Thanksgiving this year, laying aside the recent tradition of keeping the lights on so that customers can hunt after their turkey dinners.

Target said Monday it will close for Turkey Day, following Walmart’s announcement of the same plans last week.

Instead, Target is encouraging shoppers to start their holiday shopping even earlier, in October.

“Let’s face it: historically, the search for deals and Christmas shopping can mean crowded events, and this is not a year for crowds,” the retailer said in a blog post on his website, promising savings at his stores and at line “before ever”. ”

He also said he will make more than 20,000 items, including fresh and frozen foods, available for pickup and drop-off on the sidewalk before the holidays, using his Shipt platform.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, most agree that this holiday season will be very different from previous years. There is greater fear surrounding a second wave of Covid-19 cases that skyrocket during the traditional flu season and as temperatures drop. Retailers, in turn, have to adjust their plans to meet customer expectations and take into account the safety of their employees.

In addition to the uncertainty, Amazon has delayed its annual Prime Day shopping event, which is normally in July, “later than usual” this year. But he has not yet set a firm date.

Amazon’s first day delay is likely to put additional pressure on retailers to start their deals even earlier, in a bid to compete.

Dick’s Sporting Goods also announced on Monday that its stores will be closed on Turkey Day this year, including its Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream locations.

Target first opened on Thanksgiving Day in 2011.