Several major retailers such as Walmart, Target and now Kohl’s announced that they will be closing stores this Thanksgiving as part of their continued efforts to follow health and safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic by reducing in-store crowds.
The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year in the U.S., kicking off Black Friday and the holiday shopping period. This year, instead of opening on Thanksgiving Day, retailers are offering alternatives for customers to do their holiday shopping, even starting their Black Friday sales as early as October.
Here, WWD compiles the full list of retailers closing their doors on Thanksgiving.
Bath & Body Works
Bath & Body Works will be closed on Thanksgiving to let its sales associates stay home and celebrate the holiday with family. The retailer will begin offering its holiday sales on Nov. 23.
Bed Bath & Beyond
The retailer announced on Aug. 3 that it will be closed on Thanksgiving.
Bed Bath & Beyond is instead offering deals earlier than usual and has introduced a two-hour Buy-Online-Pickup-In-Store option.
The department store will be closed on Thanksgiving and will instead host its Black Friday sales from Nov. 20 to 28.
Belk is also offering 10 percent off for customers who choose curbside pickup.
Best Buy revealed its decision to close its stores on Thanksgiving on July 28.
“To meet our customers’ changing lives this holiday, we’re enhancing the way we fulfill orders, from offering more convenient pickup options at our stores to making sure BestBuy.com orders arrive at the right time,” read a statement on Best Buy’s corporate web site.
The retailer also announced it will start its savings period earlier than usual.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods announced on July 27 it will be closing its doors on Thanksgiving, including its specialty stores Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream.
The retailer also announced that its store and distribution center associates will continue to receive a 15 percent pay premium through the end of the year.
“We are so thankful to our teammates for their hard work,” said Ed Stack, chairman and chief executive officer of the retailer in a statement. “They have navigated this year with strength, commitment and care for each other and for our customers. We will continue to do all we can to support them and show our gratitude.”
Foot Locker announced on Aug. 10 that it will be closed on Thanksgiving.
JCPenney announced on Aug. 3 that it will close stores on Thanksgiving. The retailer started offering Black Friday-like deals in mid-October.
Kohl’s revealed on July 29 it will be closing its stores on Thanksgiving.
“Given the importance of safety and convenience, we expect more customers to shop earlier, search for great deals throughout the season and take advantage of our online and omnichannel conveniences,” read a statement on Kohl’s corporate web site.
Macy’s will be closed on Thanksgiving, according to a statement released on Sept. 14. The retailer instead began offering Black Friday-like deals at the beginning of November with new promotions and products added each week.
Old Navy will be closed on Thanksgiving, however, customers can still shop online using the curbside pickup or buy online options. The retailer will begin offering its Black Friday deals starting on Nov. 19.
REI is continuing its #OptOutside initiative for the sixth year in a row and closing stores on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
The initiative is meant to encourage the company’s 13,000 employees to spend the holidays outside with family and friends.
Target announced on July 27 that it will be closing its stores on Thanksgiving.
“There’s no question, the holiday season is going to be very different this year,” read a statement on Target’s corporate blog. “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 retailer will instead be extending its savings period to now start in October to reduce in-store crowds during the holiday shopping period.
Ulta Beauty will close its stores on Thanksgiving.
The retailer has been hosting sales earlier — including its Hello Holidays sale in November — to give customers more time to do their shopping.
Under Armour announced on Sept. 4 that it will close its stores on Thanksgiving.
Walmart was the first retailer to reveal it would be closing its stores on Thanksgiving, making its announcement on July 21.
“We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up,” said John Furner, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., in a statement on the retailer’s blog. “We hope they will enjoy Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones. We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”
Along with the decision, Walmart revealed it is allocating $428 million in cash bonuses for its store, club and distribution and fulfillment center associates.
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