Mass retailer Target just gave its employees a fantastic gift this holiday season!
On Monday, November 22, 2021, Target announced that it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, this year, and every other year.
In a statement, Target CEO Brian Cornell told his employees, “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.”
He continued, “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.”
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Which Stories Will Be Open On Thanksgiving?
going to Target with no list is self-care
— Target (@Target) November 15, 2021
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According to AP News, Thanksgiving has not typically been a big sales day, with most people opting to spend time at home with their families instead of heading to the store ahead of the notorious Black Friday sales day.
Big retailers have been facing criticism from its customers in recent years, stating that thousands of people are being forced to work instead of celebrating the holiday with friends and family members.
Some retailers, like Costco and Nordstrom, have always remained closed on Thanksgiving Day in order to give their employees a day off to spend with their loved ones.
Kohl’s and Walmart will be closed on Thanksgiving day, but Walmart has yet to determine if it will be open for Thanksgiving Day next year.
Although Macy’s will also be closed on Thanksgiving day, they revealed that curbside pickup services will still be offered at select stores.
What Do People Think Of The Decision To Close Target On Thanksgiving Day?
Remember you’re always good enough ❤️
— Target (@Target) November 8, 2021
Many people took to Twitter in order to express their approval for Target’s decision.
“Awesome move by @Target to do this,” one user wrote. “Employees are people and everyone deserves to have Thanksgiving off. Happy Thanksgiving I’ll be shopping at Target on Black Friday that’s for sure.”
“Good,” another wrote. “Employees should have the ability to spend time with their families.”
“I’m glad to see businesses like Target and Walmart now closing for Thanksgiving,” said another. “I remember being angry with Kmart when they were the first major retailer to start opening on Thanksgiving. Happy that they’ve finally made the right decision for their employees.”
Another said, “I am so happy for their employees and wonder what’s wrong with people who want to indulge their need to fill their emptiness with stuff by demanding others would rather be with their family go in and work.”
“Excellent news!” another added. “Employees can enjoy the day with their families and friends.”
Another user pointed out that Target will “reap the rewards of having well paid and rested workers.”
It’s clear that Target won’t be missing out by closing on Thanksgiving day. If anything, it seems to have improved brand perception with a lot of consumers who won’t think twice about heading to Target when they’re shopping for gifts during this holiday season!