If you’re a dedicated Black Friday shopper — whether you start on Thanksgiving Day or the Friday after — you may have to settle for doing it from home this year.
While American retail stores have been steadily becoming more accessible since the shutdowns in mid-March, many are unwilling or unable to handle the kind of crowds that Black Friday brings. And with consumers spending more than $600 billion online in 2019, the transition to a “Cyber Friday” could be the best solution for everyone.
Last updated: Oct. 14, 2020
In a Sept. 9 press release, Home Depot announced that for the first time ever, it’s extending Black Friday deals for two months. “Starting with reinventing Black Friday, we’re improving the shopping experience, with your safety and well-being as our priority.”
The sales will begin in early November and last through December, and shoppers can take advantage of in-store pickup or home delivery options.
For the first time in 30 years, Walmart will be closed on Thanksgiving. The major grocery and retail chain announced in a statement in July that it would be giving employees the day off to spend it with their loved ones.
It’s unknown if the store will be closing for Black Friday, too, but changing things up on Thanksgiving is likely an attempt to control holiday crowding that could be unsafe this year.
Like Home Depot, Target has announced that it’s extending deals beyond just Black Friday and December. Shoppers can snag holiday savings starting in mid-October and extending through the holiday season. Moreover, Target stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.
“This year more than ever, a joyful holiday will be inseparable from a safe one, and we’re continuing to adjust our plans to deliver ease, value and the joy of the season in a way that only Target can,” CEO Brian Cornell said.
Although the long-beloved Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will still be broadcast on televisions across the U.S., Macy’s stores will be closed that same holiday. However, the retail chain has announced it will be staying open for in-person shopping on Black Friday.
“Curbside pickup is going to be a big secret weapon for us. We didn’t have it last holiday season. We think that’s going to be huge for this holiday season,” CEO Jeff Gennette said.
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In a corporate release in late July, Kohl’s joined the slew of retailers planning on shutting their doors for Thanksgiving 2020.
“Given the importance of safety and convenience, we expect more customers to shop earlier, search for great deals throughout the season and take advantage of our online and omnichannel conveniences,” the company release said.
Best Buy is kicking off Black Friday deals early this year on Oct. 13 and 14, with curbside pickup available to make it the safest experience possible. The multinational electronics chain also has announced that it will be closing stores on Thanksgiving Day.
In a press release on Aug. 3, JCPenney announced that it, too, would be closing stores on Thanksgiving due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company made sure to emphasize its practices of providing hand sanitizer, installing plexiglass and requiring customers to wear face masks on the days it will be open.
The retailer added that “plans are underway to provide incredible value on great products throughout November and December.”
If a new pair of shoes is on your wish list, you won’t be able to buy them on Thanksgiving — in stores, that is. Another chain to announce plans to close on Thursday, Nov. 26, Foot Locker has yet to release detailed information for Black Friday, although its website says that customers can “shop in-store for signature sneakers, fresh apparel, must-have accessories, seasonal favorites and so much more.”
Bed Bath & Beyond
Bed Bath & Beyond has jumped on the retailer bandwagon for closing stores on Thanksgiving Day. However, it may be making up for it with early holiday deals, such as the two-day online sales event that kicked off on Oct. 13.
In a press release on Aug. 19, Ulta Beauty announced that it would be closing stores on Thanksgiving. “Keeping our associates at the heart of our decisions always, we are adapting this season’s plans to reflect our immense gratitude for their commitment to serving our stores, our guests and our communities throughout this unprecedented year,” the release said.
If Ulta follows the pattern of other retailers, shoppers can expect plenty of online sales leading up to the holiday season, as more chains try to spread out their Black Friday sales.
Williams-Sonoma, the parent company of Pottery Barn, West Elm, Rejuvenation and more, will be closing on Thanksgiving Day. The retailer has announced that stores will be open for in-person shopping on Black Friday; although Pottery Barn’s website already appears to be decked out for holiday sales.
REI has announced its plans to close on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday. But this doesn’t come as a big surprise — as a participator in the #OptOutside movement, REI has shuttered its doors on these holidays for six years now, instead encouraging families to spend the day outside and away from the retail chaos.
“In this year of unprecedented challenges staying true to our purpose, living our values and caring for our people and communities is more important than ever,” CEO Eric Artz said.
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