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Target Won’t Be Open on Thanksgiving This Year, Here’s Why

Target Won’t Be Open on Thanksgiving This Year, Here’s Why

Some people might have gotten the idea that they could head over on Thanksgiving and do some early Christmas shopping at Target. Well, we’re going to rain on your parade. Target will not be opening its doors on Thanksgiving. This will give store employees and associates time to spend with their families and friends.

Now, this is not a new policy. It actually started four years ago, something that the company recognized in a statement from 2021.

“We also closed our stores on Thanksgiving Day (in 2020) in order to minimize crowds and help our guests take the stress out of getting the best deals of the season,” Target officials said. “The response was so positive that we’ll carry it forward this year, keeping our Target stores closed all day long on Thanksgiving Day.

“This is just one example of how our evolving strategy is meeting the needs of our business and our guests,” the company said.

Target Did Have Its Stores Open On Thanksgiving At One Time

Target began opening its stores on Thanksgiving a decade ago. It would turn Black Friday sales into a weekend-long blitz kicking off on Turkey Day. Yet this company’s decision to keep employees at work on a major U.S. holiday caused plenty of controversy.

There were those employees who believed they deserved the chance to spend the holidays with their families. They wanted that instead of working long hours. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Target was indeed forced to change its tune. Retailers were forced to limit crowds in stores.

So, Target joined the long list of retailers that opted to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day 2020. Instead, the chain began offering longer Black Friday deals, PopCulture reports.

“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. “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.”

OK, so Targets nationwide will be closed on Thursday. But they will reopen on Friday just in time for Black Friday shopping. Target stores will open at 6 a.m. sharp on Friday, Nov. 24.

While you might look for other retail shops to be open on Thanksgiving, you might run into some bad luck. A number of them, in recent years, have made the decision to close up. Much like Target, their reasoning lies in giving employees a day to be with their families.