Target Makes Thanksgiving Day Store Closings Permanent

With more options for extended deals and online buying, retailer gives its team the day off
Lynn Petrak, Progressive Grocer
Target Makes Thanksgiving Day Store Closings Permanent
Target kicked off Black Friday deals earlier and is touting online savings as it closes its stores on Thanksgiving Day now and in the future.

Target is continuing what had been a pandemic-era practice of shuttering its stores on Thanksgiving Day. The retailer announced this week in a statement to employees that it will make the change permanent based on mostly positive consumer reactions and its efforts to support store associates.

Instead of a one-day flurry that could be overwhelming to workers and customers alike, Target adjusted to the need for social distancing and shoppers’ general desire to avoid crowds by offering deals earlier and for a longer period of time. The retailer also promoted online buying for home delivery and same-day Drive Up and Order Pickup.

“What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard — one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests’ holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours,” said CEO Brian Cornell in a communication to the company’s employees that was picked up by the Associated Press. “You don’t have to wonder whether this is the last Thanksgiving you’ll spend with family and friends for a while, because Thanksgiving store hours are one thing we won’t ‘get back to’ when the pandemic finally subsides.”

Earlier this month, Target previewed its Black Friday deals that are available to shoppers online and in store from Nov. 21 through Nov. 27. Additional deals are planned for Nov. 25 through Nov. 27.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. is No. 6 on The PG 100, Progressive Grocer’s 2021 list of the top food and consumables retailers in North America, with nearly 1,900 locations. 

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