As a growing number of retailers already announced plans to close their doors on Thanksgiving Day, the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic are already spilling over into the holiday shopping season.
For the first time in years, major retailers are breaking the longstanding tradition of shopping on Thanksgiving Day, which has become primetime for holiday shoppers looking for deals ahead of Black Friday crowds.
After Walmart emerged as the first retailer announcing plans to close on Thanksgiving Day, several other major retailers followed suit. Most notably holiday shopping meccas Target and Best Buy said they are ditching Thanksgiving Day hours and early doorbusters this year.
“We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones,” John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a press release. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”
Below is a running list of major retailers closing on Thanksgiving 2020 due to the pandemic:
This list is continuously being updated as major retailers announce plans to close on Thanksgiving Day. Check back for updates as we get them.
Walmart, Sam’s Club
Retail giant Walmart became the first to announce on July 21 it will close stores, along with all Sam’s Clubs locations, on Thanksgiving this year.
The company said it wants to give employees time to spend with loved ones during this “trying year.” Walmart also said it’s giving special cash bonuses for their work on the frontlines during the pandemic.
Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The retailer will release information about Black Friday hours at a later date.
They take care of you and we want to take care of them. Along with special cash bonuses this quarter, we will be closing our doors on Thanksgiving Day to give our associates much-needed time with their loved ones. https://t.co/nbk7o0bkZq pic.twitter.com/3Lenfi6ZhT
— Walmart (@Walmart) July 21, 2020
Target soon followed Walmart’s lead when the retailer said on July 27 it will close stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending a decade-long tradition of those Black Friday doorbuster deals.
“This season, you can count on getting extra-big savings without the extra-long lines, with plenty of opportunities to score the best deals on the hottest items both before and after November 26,” the company said in a release announcing the change.
— Target News (@TargetNews) July 27, 2020
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Goods also stepped forward with an announcement on July 27, saying it will close all store locations and distribution centers on Thanksgiving Day. The closure also includes specialty stores Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream.
“We are so thankful to our teammates for their hard work and dedication,” Ed Stack, Chairman and CEO said 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.”
In previous years, most Dick’s Sporting Goods stores were open with limited evening hours on Thanksgiving. The company will release more information about holiday hours on a later date.
Best Buy joined other major retailers closing on Thanksgiving Day, with an announcement on July 29. Best Buy said it will focus more on fulfilling online orders by offering convenient pickup locations and making sure online orders arrive on time.
“We’re also going to start offering some of the hottest deals of the season earlier than ever, to make it even easier for our customers to check off their gift lists,” the company said in a release.
Following in the footsteps of other major retailers, Kohl’s announced on July 29 plans to close on Thanksgiving Day. The company said it expects more customers to shop earlier online for safety and convenience.
“The holiday season is when Kohl’s shines brightest, and as we move into the holiday season of this very unusual year, we are adapting our plans in response to changing customer expectations and behaviors,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer.