Target is changing its policies and will no longer open its stores on Thanksgiving.
The retailer is making the change a permanent one after shutting down for Thanksgiving in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“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,” Target CEO Brian Cornell wrote in a note to employees.
Target used to be one of several retail chains that would open up at 5pm on Thanksgiving to allow shoppers to get a jump on Black Friday shopping. But Thanksgiving Day sales have slowed in recent years, with online shopping taking over instead.
Distribution and call centers will have some staff on Thanksgiving but stores will remain closed.