If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of shopping at Target — even amidst a pandemic. While COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we shop, it’s also forced major retailers like Target to get creative with their services, so that we can shop safely.
Just to give you a quick recap, Target assured us back in March in a press release regarding COVID-19 that “stores are safe, stocked, and ready to serve communities across America.” As we’re still in the midst of the pandemic, Target has continued to prioritize their shoppers’ and employees’ safety above all else.
That means there are more ways to shop than before — from same-day-delivery services like Shipt to free curbside pickup for online orders and more. With all these awesome services at your disposal, you kinda need to rethink how you shop at Target, right? No worries. I’ve included everything you need to know below so you can shop all you want, stay safe, and save a ton while you do it.
Target is still keeping new hours during the pandemic.
Throughout the holiday season, expect your Target store to be open from 7:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. Target will close its doors at 8 p.m. on Dec. 24 and won’t be open on Christmas day, Dec. 25. However, you should confirm store hours at your local Target with Target’s store locator, as hours are subject to change.
As of April 4, Target began actively monitoring — and limiting — the number of people inside stores based on the store’s square footage. According to Target’s coronavirus response page, stores are operating at less than 20% of their total capacity on average.
Expect all in-store and distribution center employees to be wearing disposable gloves and masks that will be replenished at the beginning of every shift by Target. This is in addition to plexiglass partitions, store decals, and audio messages already in place.
Senior shopping hours
The first hour of shopping on Tuesdays is reserved for vulnerable shoppers including seniors aged 65 and up.
Target restocks their inventory every morning except for Sunday.
Target gets new shipments every morning except on Sunday, but there’s no order as to what items will be restocked on which days, and no guarantee when high-demand items will be restocked since that relies heavily on the manufacturers.
Target is still enforcing shopping limits for in-demand items.
Target has purchasing limits for shoppers for items like hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and disinfectant wipes; dry goods such as soup and pasta; food items like milk and eggs; bottled water and more. Check the postings at your location for the amount of one product you’re allowed to buy in a visit. For example, if you live in Vermont, you might not be able to purchase certain non-essentials items like arts and crafts, beauty products, clothing, electronics, jewelry, and more.
Target’s return policy now accepts in-store returns.
Target is now accepting in-store returns again, but claims they’ll continue to follow any state-ordered return restrictions.
CVS pharmacy at Target is open every day of the week.
CVS pharmacies at Target will reserve the first hour of the day on Tuesday for at-risk shoppers. All CVS pharmacies at Target are open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Learn more of KCL’s tips on shopping at CVS Pharmacy during the coronavirus pandemic.
Take advantage of Target’s pickup and delivery options.
Target has hired more staff for their free Drive Up and Order Pickup services, and made the process contactless. They’ve also added more parking spaces for Drive Up. Keep in mind that fulfillment times are delayed and wait times will vary by store and region, especially since some states are in full lockdown and people are using this service more.
If you want your order delivered, Shipt for Target offers same day delivery. Shipt delivery windows are updated regularly, and delivery is contactless (they leave it at the door.) It costs $9.99 to use Shipt, or sign up for a Shipt annual membership and get a free four-week trial. There is no commitment to continue the service after the trial period.
Target aims to increase minimum wage up to $15 an hour by the end of 2020.
On July 5, Target announced it would raise minimum hourly wage to $15 by the end of 2020, as well as a one-time recognition bonus of $200 to its “frontline store and distribution center hourly workers.”
If you’re interested in working for Target, you can apply for jobs that are open in your area by visiting the Target careers page.
Coupon at Target to save even more money on your next shopping trip.
Make sure to download the Target app to take advantage of Circle coupons and offers both in stores and online.
Download the free Krazy Coupon Lady app to get deal alerts and free Target Circle coupons right to your smartphone, and we’ll show you the best way to use the discounts to get everything you need on the cheap. Plus, you’ll get 5% off every time you shop when you sign up for a Target RedCard.
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