LOS ANGELES – Several major retailers have announced that they will be closing their doors again on Thanksgiving Day 2021, giving employees a well-deserved day off after a tumultuous 2020.
Companies such as Target and Walmart have announced similar plans, noting how well they were able to adapt last year during the pandemic to faster shipping methods for online shoppers and creating seamless border pickup. for in-store orders.
Here is a list of the stores that close on Thanksgiving Day 2021:
FILE – A view outside a Kohl’s store.
Kohl’s announced Thursday that it will close for Thanksgiving this year, joining a growing list of large retailers that have plans to do the same.
The retail store cited shoppers’ comments after closing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and plans to offer the same deals online ahead of one of the biggest shopping days in the world. year – Black Friday – as it did in 2020.
The move comes after the positive response from last year’s closure on Thanksgiving Day, as well as changing preferences about how and when customers want to shop during the holiday season. Kohl’s has served millions of customers both in-store and online throughout Black Friday week last year, and we look forward to bringing that same amazing experience to our customers again this year, ”according to a company press release.
Holiday times, along with Black Friday weekday times, will be announced at a later date, the company said.
The retail company has announced it will close stores over the holidays after tackling the challenges of the 2020 holiday season.
“Our resilient team members used everything they learned in 2020 to bring these experiences to life – and our results show those efforts have resonated,” the company said in a statement. declaration.
Company executives said their data showed customers were doing very well during the holiday shopping season in November and December 2020. According to Target, customers purchased 150 million items using delivery options. and picking up orders from the store, more than four times the amount in the same period. period in 2019.
“Same-day service sales are up 193%,” Target said in its January release, comparing the numbers to 2019. “Drive Up is up over 500%. About 95% of Target’s sales were carried out by its stores. “
Walmart praised its employees for last year’s work, calling their actions “nothing short of heroic.” The big box retailer made the announcement
June 4, claiming that all of its sites in the United States will close on November 25 as a “thank you” to employees “for their hard work during the pandemic.”
“Throughout the pandemic, our associates have been nothing short of heroic in the way they have stepped up to serve our customers and their communities,” said Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Walmart US “Closing our stores on Thanksgiving Day is a way for us to say ‘thank you’ to our teams for their dedication and hard work this year. We hope everyone takes the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what is always a special time. “
Stores will operate during normal posting hours on Wednesday, November 24. Walmart has yet to reveal store hours for Black Friday on November 26 and says the information will be announced at a later date.
The tech retailer has announced plans to run Black Friday deals online and in the Best Buy app, providing customers with a safe, contactless shopping experience.
“Last year, thanks to the amazing work of our employees, we helped millions of customers with their holiday shopping during Black Friday weekend. We’ve delivered all of our best deals online, expanded our curbside pickup options, and developed faster shipping methods to ensure customers have what they need in time for the holidays, ”a door said. -Best Buy speech at FOX TV Stations.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
The sporting goods retailer announced in February that stores will close on Thanksgiving Day and reopen on Black Friday.
“We closed our stores and distribution centers last year for Thanksgiving as a way to say ‘thank you’ to our teammates for getting through all the stress and tension of 2020 and to encourage our teammates and customers to move on. time with their loved ones, ”he added. said Lauren Hobart, President and CEO of DICK’S Sporting Goods. “This year we wanted to let our teammates know in advance that we will be closed again, so they have the opportunity to plan their annual traditions – whether it’s going in a fun race, watching football or enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. “
Curb and contactless pickup will be offered on Black Friday, the company added.
Chris Williams, Kelly Hayes and FOX 13 Tampa Bay contributed to this report.