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 sales and discounting as early as October.
Here, WWD compiles the full list of retailers closing their doors on Thanksgiving.
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.”
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.
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.
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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