Target Closed For Thanksgiving No More Black Friday
Target announced their decision on Monday. Many stores are rethinking the Black Friday in-store bargain shopping in attempt to protect customers and employees from the coronavirus. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, announced the move on Tuesday, and at the time, analysts expected more would follow.
“Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isn’t a year for crowds,” said Target in a statement.
Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette also stated earlier this month that they will be redirecting Black Friday sales to online shopping.
Target entertained customers with its first Thanksgiving Day opening in 2011. With this excitement from Target and other stores we’ve seen lines of people standing outside the store with anticipation to enter and catch some deals right in time for Christmas shopping and more. Not to mention, we have also seen the crazy antics that take place in Walmart and Target stores an parking lots during Black Friday sales.
Needless to say, while some shoppers enjoy snagging store deals on Thanksgiving, there has been much argument about stores being open on Thanksgiving, particularly from labor-backed groups who have lambasted stores for taking advantage of workers. Thanksgiving sales, which are not even on the top 10 busiest days of a retailers’ calendar, have also eaten into Black Friday sales, though Black Friday is still the year’s biggest or second-biggest shopping day.
The history of Black Friday has also been an issue for some considering its rumored connection to slavery. Although the term “Black Friday” did not arrived until the 1950’s describing the amount of people who called off of work after Thanksgiving due to illness, some question why the term “Black” was considered to describe the day.