Many retailers are planning to close for Thanksgiving again this year to give employees a day off while focusing on sales online instead.
Walmart, Target and Best Buy are among the national chains that plan to stay closed Nov. 25.
In years past, several big-box retailers began opening on Thanksgiving to extend deals typically reserved for Black Friday, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed that for a lot of stores in 2020.
According to a press release from Walmart U.S., throughout the pandemic, their associates “have been nothing short of heroic in how they have stepped up to serve customers and their communities.”
Walmart executives said they made the decision to close on Thanksgiving as a “thank you” to their employees for their dedicated work during the pandemic.
Many stores will offer early Black Friday deals online to encourage customers to shop from the comfort of their own homes on Thanksgiving and re-open Nov. 26 for in-person shopping.