Target Will Be Closed on Thanksgiving Permanently

July 30, 2018 Cupertino / CA / USA - Entrance to one of the Target stores located in south San Francisco bay area.
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Target said yesterday it would close for Thanksgiving Day, a policy it will make permanent, The Wall Street Journal reported.

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The retail giant shut its stores on Thanksgiving Day last year, citing safety considerations during the pandemic, according to the WSJ.

“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, according to 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.”

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Other retailers announced all U.S. store locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

Walmart said the closure of its stores was a ‘thank you’ to associates for their continued hard work during the pandemic, according to a statement.

“Our people make the difference,’ and that’s never been more true than it is right now,” Dacona Smith, executive VP and COO for Walmart U.S, said in a statement. “Closing our stores on Thanksgiving Day is one way we’re saying ‘thank you’ to our teams for their dedication and hard work this year. We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what’s always a special time.”

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Aldi and Trader Joe’s will also be closed on Thanksgiving.

“All Trader Joe’s stores will be closed on Thursday, November 25th, so our Crew Members can spend Thanksgiving with family and friends,” the company said in a statement.

Target’s new policy may be the push other stores need to continue to stay closed on Thanksgiving in the future.

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Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy is a former full-time financial journalist and has written for several publications, including Dow Jones, The Financial Times Group, Bloomberg and Business Insider. She also worked as a vice president/senior content writer for major NYC-based financial companies, including New York Life and MSCI. Yaël is now freelancing and most recently, she co-authored  the book “Blockchain for Medical Research: Accelerating Trust in Healthcare,” with Dr. Sean Manion. (CRC Press, April 2020) She holds two master’s degrees, including one in Journalism from New York University and one in Russian Studies from Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France.

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