These stores will be closed on Thanksgiving – and one will do so permanently

A cashier calls a customer on Black Friday, November 25, 2011 at the Fair Lakes Best Buy store in Fairfax, Virginia.  Immediately after the Thanksgiving weekend on the last Thursday in November, many Americans go to shopping malls before Christmas called Black Friday, when retailers lower the prices of clothes, toys and home electronics.  So important is Black Friday for retailers - potentially more than $ 20 billion in sales, according to market research firm SpendingPulse - that many large stores are opening earlier than ever.  During the original Thanksgiving in 1621, pilgrims from England sat down with Indians for a three-day feast in present-day Massachusetts to thank God for abundant harvests in the New World.  AFP PHOTO Paul J. RICHARDS (Photography should read PAUL J. RICHARDS / AFP / Getty Images)

Some top retail chains raise salaries or offer other incentives to recruit workers as they do so struggling to staff this weekend’s shopping season, and one result may be a second year in a row of fewer stores opening up on Thanksgiving for pre-Black Friday shopping. Many stores did not open on Thanksgiving year 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Having opened on Thanksgiving in previous years, Walmart, Best Buy and Target will all be closed on holiday this year, with Walmart describing it as “one way we say “thank you” to our teams for their commitment and hard work this year. “Target said its decision to close was all about the customers, based on a positive response when it did last year – and announced that it will make the Thanksgiving closure permanent.

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