Target, like Walmart, says it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day

Shoppers browse the aisles during a Black Friday sale at a Target store, Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, in Newport, Kentucky. (John Minchillo/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)
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By Nicole Norfleet Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS)

Target will make its holiday deals available early and will not open Thanksgiving Day in attempts to prevent crowds during the season.

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed retailers like Target to reevaluate Black Friday and the holiday season, which is traditionally retailers’ busiest time. As a way to help cut down on crowds at its stores, Target will begin offering its holiday deals online and in stores starting in October.

Target joins Walmart in staying closed on Thanksgiving Day.

“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,” said Target CEO Brian Cornell in a statement. “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.”

The last time Target was officially closed for Thanksgiving was 2011, though it opened that year at midnight for the Black Friday shopping rush. Some workers and consumers pushed back on that in an online petition that garnered around 200,000 supporters.

Since then, Black Friday has continued to creep into Thanksgiving Day for many major retailers. Last year, Target opened its stores at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, the same time it did the year before.

Target hasn’t released details of when it will open this Black Friday.

The retailer also will expand its same-day pickup and delivery, making 20,000 more products available for Drive Up, order pickup and Shipt delivery.

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