As Thanksgiving — and the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday — approaches, major stores are announcing their holiday hours. There are two general approaches: stay closed for the holiday, or open early for the Black Friday rush.
Kohl’s announced Tuesday that all of its stores will close once again on Thanksgiving Day this year, after seeing success when it closed stores for the holiday in 2020 and 2021.
Whereas in the past,started its Black Friday sale the day before, Became popular in 2020. This is partly because it gave retail workers, who were considered essential workers, a break during the pandemic, and also limited crowding.
Last year, Kohls said it saw positive response to its Thanksgiving closure in 2020, “as well as customers developing preferences on how and when to shop during the holiday season.” Customers can still shop online at any time.
Target followed the trend of closing on Thanksgiving 2020, and in 2021 it announced thatTarget’s CEO Brian Cornell wrote in a 2021 note to employees, “What began as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard – one that addresses our guests’ vacation wishes within and well of store hours.” Recognizes our ability to deliver in kind.” Retrieved by Associated Press.
Even Walmart and Best Buy, both known for their Black Friday deals, decided to close Thanksgiving in recent years. Walmart hasn’t announced its plans for this year, but Best Buy said it will remain closed.
While many stores are expected to continue the trend of being closed on Thanksgiving, some may remain open. For example, Dollar General has been open on Thanksgiving in recent years.
According to TheBlackFriday.com, Michaels craft stores like Big Lots, Bass Pro Shop, Kmart, RadioShack and others will remain open. For last-minute Thanksgiving dinner needs, grocery stores are often open with limited hours.
CBS News has reached out to several major series regarding their Thanksgiving hour and is awaiting a response.