Without a doubt, the holidays are going to look very different this year. Many retailers have altered their business hours and safety protocols due to the pandemic. Now amid the rise of cases across the country some stores are making the decision to close businesses on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26.
As of today, these are the retailers that will be closed this Thanksgiving. The list will be updated as more stores make announcements.
On Jul 21 Walmart announced all of their locations and Sam’s Club locations will be closed for Thanksgiving Day.
“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,” said Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner in a press release. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”
The company also announced another round of bonuses for employees working on the front lines of the pandemic: $300 for full-time hourly workers and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary workers.
On Jul. 27, Target announced that all national stores will be closed for Thanksgiving this year.
“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,” said Target CEO Brian Cornell in a statement.
In a press release on Jul. 28, Best Buy announced they will close all stores across the country for Thanksgiving Day. Shoppers will still be able to purchase items online and via the Best Buy app.
Best Buy will also be enhancing the way it fulfills orders, including offering more convenient pickup times at stores and making sure online orders arrive on time.
DICK’S Sporting Goods
On Jul. 27, DICK’S Sporting Goods announced they will close all stores and distribution centers for the Thanksgiving holiday. The company also announced a 15-percent premium through the end of the year for store and distribution center employees.
“We are so thankful to our teammates for their hard work and dedication,” said Ed Stack, Chairman and CEO in a news release. “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 announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving in a press release on Jul. 29. “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. “We are deeply appreciative of how our team of Kohl’s associates have shown up to serve our customers through this pandemic and know that they will continue to show Kohl’s at our best throughout the holidays.”