"You don't have to wonder whether this is the last Thanksgiving you'll spend with family and friends for a while," Target's CEO notes.
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It's never a bad idea to get ahead of the holiday shopping rush, and before you start, you'll need to know when your favorite retailers are open. When it comes to Target, you're going to have to plan a different day other than Thanksgiving to shop. After revealing a few months ago that all locations will be closed on November 25, the retailer just announced that stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day for good.

Target store front
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Brian Cornell, CEO of Target, disclosed the announcement in a note to Target employees on Monday, November 22. Cornell explains that after visiting several Target locations along the East Coast this week, employees expressed that they were thankful that stores are closed on Thanksgiving this year. Cornell decided to make the turkey day closures permanent. "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," Cornell notes. "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."

According to a news release, the reason for the closure is "to minimize crowds and help our guests take the stress out of getting the best deals of the season." The release notes that Target was closed this past year on Thanksgiving, and the decision worked well for the company. "The response was so positive that we'll carry it forward this year, keeping our Target stores closed all day long on Thanksgiving Day," the release explains. "This is just one example of how our evolving strategy is meeting the needs of our business and our guests."

Although Target will be closed on Turkey Day, the retailer will be open on Black Friday, November 26. The Target website notes that hours will vary by location, and customers can check the store locator for information on their local shop. The company's annual Black Friday ad has yet to be released, but the website says to sign up for emails to be the first to know when it will drop.

The announcement might change your Thanksgiving plans, but you can still spend the day eating delicious food and enjoying the company of loved ones (all while avoiding large crowds).


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