All Target Stores Will Be Permanently Closed on Thanksgiving Moving Forward

You will no longer be able to run last minute Thanksgiving day errands at your favorite red department store.

Have a list of ingredients for your delicious Thanksgiving sides and desserts this Thursday? Then head to the store as soon as possible. You may have been able to run last-minute errands on Turkey Day in years past, but more and more stores plan to stay closed for Thanksgiving.

Now, Target has announced plans to close its doors on Thanksgiving forever.

Why Is Target Closed on Thanksgiving?

The news came to Target employees in an announcement on November 22, according to the Associated Press. Target plans to close “to minimize crowds and help our guests take the stress out of getting the best deals of the season.”

It makes sense. In a world where a lot of places still struggle with COVID-19, it’s important to think about the safety and well-being of customers and employees.

In his announcement to employees, Target CEO Brian Cornell said, “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.”

He also mentioned that employees on East Coast expressed joy and gratitude over the decision to close stores for the family holiday!

Will Target Open on Thanksgiving in the Future?

Not likely. “The response was so positive that we’ll carry it forward this year, keeping our Target stores closed all day long on Thanksgiving Day,” said Cornell.

Don’t worry, Target will have its doors back open early for plenty of Black Friday deals. So remember to stock up on your favorite Target items now before it’s too late. It’s time to make a Thanksgiving shopping list (and check it twice)!

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