Target Will Be Closed On Thanksgiving This Year

By Emily Lee

July 27, 2020

Following Wal-Mart's recent announcement that it would keep stores across the country closed on Thanksgiving this year, Target announced they will be also be shuttering operations on the busy holiday. The decision comes as Target continues to assess how to safely operate amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“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 a statement published on the chain's website. “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.”

Target promises customers can still "count on getting extra-big savings" this holiday season even though the stores will be closed. Cornell's statement assures there will holiday deals before and after Thanksgiving in the stores, as well as on Target's website and app. In an effort to mitigate holiday shopping crowds, Target will stretch out the timeline for deals and discounts, as well. Holiday discounts will now begin in October and continue throughout the season.

Another way Target will attempt to keep crowd levels low is by adding 20,000 additional products, including fresh and frozen groceries, available through its pickup and delivery services. In their statement, Target shared its Drive Up, Order Pickup and Same-day Delivery with Shipt all grew by 278% in the first quarter. These changes will be available at 1,500 Target stores across the country by this fall.

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