Target will be closed on Thanksgiving this year and every year from now on

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Ah, Target. It's hard to think of anything better than the overbearing fluorescent lighting illuminating the unbeatable deals and products that the department store chain has to offer.

Sick of your holey socks? Pick some up at Target. Need a last-minute card for your mom on Mother's Day? Target will have it. Always reliable, always there.

Though, if you were planning on heading to your local chain to hurriedly grab some urgent items before having your family over for Thanksgiving, you better think again. Target will not be open on Thanksgiving this year, or any Thanksgiving in the future, for that matter.

In a recent statement, Target CEO Brian Cornell said of the change (via Glamour): "What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard - one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests' holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours,"

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In a recent statement Target CEO, Brian Cornell, said of the change: "What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard - one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests' holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours." Credit: B Christopher / Alamy

The large retailer first trialed Thanksgiving closures in 2020 following the height of the pandemic - the first time they had closed their doors on the holiday in more than 10 years.

Target isn't alone, however, as Walmart committed to shutting up shop for Thanksgiving 2021, releasing their own statement explaining the move.

"Throughout the pandemic, our associates have been nothing short of heroic in how they have stepped up to serve our customers and their communities," Walmart executive vice president and chief operating office, Dacona Smith, said in the statement.

"We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what's always a special time," she added.

Both Walmart and Target are among hundreds of companies putting the needs of their employees first, following the pandemic. Given the fast-paced working environments that have become the norm in the Western world during the past few decades, the decisions to close stores on meaningful holidays are surely a welcome change for employees.

Some shoppers, however, were a bit peeved with the move (evidently their Thanksgiving shopping couldn't possibly wait), including this stressed shopper who tweeted: "So apparently Walmart, Target and BestBuy are all going to be closed on thanksgiving but Ulta is going to be open?!? Huh??? Ain't no way."

Though a number of Twitter users fired back at this, with one writing: "Lmao imagine being upset because Walmart and target are letting their employees be off on thanksgiving day, as if they aren't people who deserve to be with their families too."

"Saw this video on [people] being upset that companies like target, Walmart and Best Buy could be closed again on thanksgiving like??? Some [people] are dumb that the deals that go on Black Friday are the deals that were there months or even weeks prior," another person chimed in.

With all that being said, maybe these store closures will ensure we all get a little better at staying organized this Thanksgiving!

Featured image credit: B Christopher / Alamy

Target will be closed on Thanksgiving this year and every year from now on

vt-author-image

By Phoebe Egoroff

Article saved!Article saved!

Ah, Target. It's hard to think of anything better than the overbearing fluorescent lighting illuminating the unbeatable deals and products that the department store chain has to offer.

Sick of your holey socks? Pick some up at Target. Need a last-minute card for your mom on Mother's Day? Target will have it. Always reliable, always there.

Though, if you were planning on heading to your local chain to hurriedly grab some urgent items before having your family over for Thanksgiving, you better think again. Target will not be open on Thanksgiving this year, or any Thanksgiving in the future, for that matter.

In a recent statement, Target CEO Brian Cornell said of the change (via Glamour): "What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard - one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests' holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours,"

wp-image-1263175942 size-full
In a recent statement Target CEO, Brian Cornell, said of the change: "What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard - one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests' holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours." Credit: B Christopher / Alamy

The large retailer first trialed Thanksgiving closures in 2020 following the height of the pandemic - the first time they had closed their doors on the holiday in more than 10 years.

Target isn't alone, however, as Walmart committed to shutting up shop for Thanksgiving 2021, releasing their own statement explaining the move.

"Throughout the pandemic, our associates have been nothing short of heroic in how they have stepped up to serve our customers and their communities," Walmart executive vice president and chief operating office, Dacona Smith, said in the statement.

"We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what's always a special time," she added.

Both Walmart and Target are among hundreds of companies putting the needs of their employees first, following the pandemic. Given the fast-paced working environments that have become the norm in the Western world during the past few decades, the decisions to close stores on meaningful holidays are surely a welcome change for employees.

Some shoppers, however, were a bit peeved with the move (evidently their Thanksgiving shopping couldn't possibly wait), including this stressed shopper who tweeted: "So apparently Walmart, Target and BestBuy are all going to be closed on thanksgiving but Ulta is going to be open?!? Huh??? Ain't no way."

Though a number of Twitter users fired back at this, with one writing: "Lmao imagine being upset because Walmart and target are letting their employees be off on thanksgiving day, as if they aren't people who deserve to be with their families too."

"Saw this video on [people] being upset that companies like target, Walmart and Best Buy could be closed again on thanksgiving like??? Some [people] are dumb that the deals that go on Black Friday are the deals that were there months or even weeks prior," another person chimed in.

With all that being said, maybe these store closures will ensure we all get a little better at staying organized this Thanksgiving!

Featured image credit: B Christopher / Alamy