Nov 22, 2021 - Economy

Target to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving for good

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Target CEO Brian Cornell said Monday that Target stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, as well as all future Thanksgiving Days.

Driving the news: “What started as a temporary measure driven by the pandemic is now our new standard — one that recognizes our ability to deliver on our guests’ holiday wishes both within and well beyond store hours,” Cornell wrote in a note to employees, obtained by Axios.

  • "You don’t have to wonder whether this is the last Thanksgiving you’ll spend with family and friends for a while, because Thanksgiving store hours are one thing we won’t ‘get back to’ when the pandemic finally subsides," he added.

Of note: Target's distribution and call centers will still have some staff on Thanksgiving while stores will be closed, AP reported.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Dan Primack: This reflects heightened pushback against unfriendly labor practices and that the pandemic has taught most U.S. consumers how to shop for everything online.

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