Black Friday: Stores announce Thanksgiving closures and sales

November 5, 2020
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Throughout the country, many big retailers are going about Black Friday a little differently this year due to the pandemic.

If you tend to shop on Black Friday, you are probably used to seeing significant crowds everywhere, trying to get the best sale for the holiday season.

Several major businesses across the country are closing their doors on Thanksgiving for the first time in several years, Good Morning America reports.

Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and more have announced plans to close its doors on Thanksgiving. However, retailers are giving an option for shoppers an early start to holiday sales online.

While the coronavirus pandemic still affects the nation, more stores are closing for the holiday, which businesses will have a more significant focus on digital sales.

“This year, we expect retailers to get creative and host online doorbusters, potentially with flash sales and online queues to try and mimic the in-store experience,” RetailMeNot shopping and trends expert Sara Skirboll said.

Follow these tips to shop safely on Black Friday:

Skirboll provided the following tips to ensure your safety during this month's holiday shopping season.

• Bring your own anti-bacterial wipes and use the sanitizing stations throughout the shopping area.
• Use Apple Pay or contactless payment options via your phone.
• Shop as early in the day as possible.
• Make sure you have at least two shopping charts distance between you and any other shoppers to practice social distancing

Stores closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday plans

WALMART
• Walmart will be closed for the first time in 30 years on Thanksgiving. The decision was made to give its employees a break after working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
• One of the country's biggest retailers has reinvented its Black Friday experience and is spreading out its holiday sales over three events in November. Now with a week or so to go before the shopping rush begins, Walmart has week released the full list of deals for its first two “Black Friday Deals for Days” events. The deals began on November 4 in store and online.

TARGET
• To avoid drawing big crowds with a giant one-day sale, Target will be revealing a new round of Black Friday Black Friday deals every Thursday, starting today until Black Friday -- the day after Thanksgiving. Shoppers should know that Target will not be open on Thanksgiving in 2020.

DICK'S SPORTING GOODS
• The store known for its athletic apparel and accessories will be closed on Thanksgiving.
• For Black Friday, Dick's is hosting "10 Days of Black Friday" with deals starting on Nov. 18.

J.C. PENNEY
J.C. Penney will close on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 2012. The store will host sales from November 25 to November 28.

MACY'S
• Macy’s announced that its Black Friday deals will begin on November 17 online and in-stores.
• The retailer will be closed for Thanksgiving, and will reopen for Black Friday.

BEST BUY
• Best Buy will be closed for Thanksgiving.
• Beginning on Nov. 27 at 5 a.m., shoppers find huge savings through a variety of sales events.

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