We may have just started a fresh new year but Target is already thinking about the end of the year. The superstore announced they would be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2021.

The news was announced via press release on Wednesday morning (January 13th), writing they'd "already decided to carry one change forward" from 2020 into 2021. The change, of course, is closing the store on Thanksgiving Day.

Target stores closed for Thanksgiving Day in 2020, along with several other huge chains. Target stores shared the news in July of that year, writing at the time that they wanted their customers to enjoy a stress-free holiday season with their family, instead offering big deals leading up to the holiday season. They also cited COVID-19 as another reason for the change, saying they wanted to do what they could to keep their customers safe amid the pandemic.

According to Target, they received such positive feedback from guests they decided to move forward with the new model yet again.

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Closing their stores on Thanksgiving Day wasn't the only thing they did to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. They also rolled out other shopping initiatives, including shopping by appointment. Target stores nationwide also added more "drive-up" spots to their parking lots to keep up with pickup orders and added handheld checkout devices.

There are a handful of Target stores in the Northland, including one in Duluth.

We will have to wait and see if other big stores follow suit. In 2020 alone, huge retailers like Kohl's, Best Buy and Dick's Sporting Goods all closed their stores on Thanksgiving Day, citing safety amid the pandemic as the reason for the change.

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