NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Target stores nationwide will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year.
It is one of several measures the company is taking for the holiday season to keep staff and shoppers safe amid the coronavirus 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 Monday. “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 first opened for Thanksgiving back in 2011, joining other major retailers in letting shoppers get a jump-start on Black Friday deals.
The company said it will also offer holiday deals online starting in October this year to cut down on crowds at stores and it is making 20,000 more products — including fresh and frozen groceries — available for pickup and delivery services.
"There’s no question, the holiday season is going to be very different this year. Just as you’ve trusted Target for safe, convenient shopping throughout the pandemic, you can count on us to deliver that and so much more every week throughout the holiday season and beyond," the company said.
Target had previously announced that starting Aug. 1, all shoppers will be required to wear a mask when entering their stores.
Both Walmart and Sam's Club will reopen on Black Friday. Store hours will be released at a later date, the company said.