In late July last year, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy all announced they’d be closed for Thanksgiving to cut down on in-store shopping crowds during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, Target’s making that call even earlier for 2021, being the first store to announce that they’re planning to be closed again on Thanksgiving Day.

Here’s what you need to know:


Target shoppers liked the 2020 Black Friday schedule, so they’re keeping the approach for 2021.

Target had a longer-than-normal holiday shopping season in 2020, taking the emphasis off Black Friday and starting holiday sales as early as October.

After announcing huge sales growth in 2020 over 2021, Target says they’ll be closed again on Thanksgiving in 2021, saying that “guests loved our new approach” and that a decentralized Black Friday is here to stay.


Expect other retailers to join in.

Walmart, Kohl’s, and Best Buy were among a growing number of retailers who also decided to close on Thanksgiving as part of their Black Friday 2020 planning.

Since these retailers had similar holiday shopping season plans that included longer “Black Friday” sales, there’s a good chance these retailers will continue to stay closed on Thanksgiving in 2021.

Here are retailers who made the decision to close on Thanksgiving in 2020:

  • Bath & Body Works
  • Bed Bath & Beyond
  • Belk
  • Best Buy
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Foot Locker
  • GameStop
  • Gap
  • JCPenney
  • Lowe’s
  • Macy’s
  • Michaels
  • Old Navy
  • Sephora
  • Target
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Walmart



A number of retailers were already known for staying closed on Thanksgiving.

As you’re making your way-too-early holiday shopping plans, keep in mind these stores are always closed on Thanksgiving:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Burlington
  • The Container Store
  • Costco
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • Home Depot
  • Ikea
  • Marshalls
  • Office Depot/OfficeMax
  • Petco
  • Petsmart
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Staples
  • T.J. Maxx

Thanksgiving shopping will still be available online.

Although Target stores were closed on Thanksgiving in 2020, shoppers were able to do their Black Friday shopping at while the turkey was cooking.

We’ve been saying for years that you can skip Thanksgiving in-store shopping and get many of the same deals online; that’ll continue to be true.


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