Last year, stores, major retailers and fast-food chains closed their doors on Thanksgiving Day due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And for the second year in a row, the majority of major retailers and food places will keep their stores closed on Thursday.
Target announced Monday that its stores will no longer open on Thanksgiving Day — a move that started out last year as a one-off due to the pandemic but that is now a permanent 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," Target CEO Brian Cornell explained in a note to employees, according to The Associated Press.
Earlier this year, Walmart announced that its stores will be closed for Thanksgiving Day, as a "thank you" to all its associates for their hard work during the pandemic, said Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S.
Other big retail chains, such as Best Buy, JCPenney and Kohl's have also announced they will be closed this Thanksgiving — pushing instead for customers to start this year's Black Friday shopping online.
Here's a list of stores that will be closed this Thanksgiving Day, according to the website The Black Friday:
Bath & Body Works
Barnes & Noble
Bed Bath & Beyond
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Blain's Farm & Fleet
Christmas Tree Shops
Christopher and Banks
Conn's Home Plus
Farm & Home Supply
Half Price Books
Jos A. Bank
Music & Arts
NEX Navy Exchange
Northern Tool & Equipment
PC Richard & Son
Pet Supplies Plus
Sur La Table
Tractor Supply Co.
Value City Furniture
Here's a look at stores that will stay open on Thanksgiving Day:
Bass Pro Shops
Rural King Supply
Retailers and other businesses, depending on the state, may have special rules and precautions in place due to COVID-19.
And if you're not in the mood to cook this Thanksgiving, heads up — you may have slim pickings for choices, as some major restaurants and fast-food places are closed for business.
Here's a list of restaurants and food chains that will stay open on Thanksgiving Day:
(Note: Depending on the location and region, some franchises will be open)
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Chuck E. Cheese
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A previous version of this story listed HEB among stores that are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but HEB stores are open until noon.
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