Best Buy is joining several major retailers in closing their doors on Thanksgiving Day this year. Customers will have to use other means to attain what they want from the outlet.
Last week, Best Buy officially announced via their website that Thanksgiving Day would be a day of lockdown for their brick and mortar locations.
In the statement, the retail giant warmed up readers by mentioning coming discounts ahead of the holiday season and pointing to their efforts toward on-time deliveries.
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The outlet has also added more pickup locations for customers who order from them. Best Buy fans can make purchases on the website and via the Best Buy app.
The coming one-day shutdown puts Best Buy on the same page as Walmart, Target, and others who have decided to close on Thanksgiving Day — These stores typically open their doors on that day.
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Ahead of the annual holiday, stores will have to face Black Friday shopping crowds, when billions spend money on gifts for Christmas and discounts abound.
Best Buy did not clarify whether they would open on Black Friday amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Presumably, the crisis influenced the retailer's drastic decision.
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Meanwhile, Target has already let its customers know that they will enjoy reduced prices earlier than typical. According to CEO Brian Cornell, they will implement the changes in October.
In doing this, Target, who is already operating under reduced hours, gives customers time to gift shop way ahead of the normally packed days. The store currently requires masks and limits its customers at any given time.
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In April, Walmart and Target adjusted their sale items to fall in line with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) recommendations.
Alongside CostCo, the retailers were advised to stop selling certain nonessential items due to their large customer bases. The organization further suggested that they take more steps to adopt online selling options.
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For its part, many Target locations now "offer same-day delivery, order pickup, and drive-up services." The changes are all meant to deter person-to-person contact and decrease the spread of COVID-19.
The ACCD included items like arts and crafts, paints, jewelry, and electronics in its list of nonessential goods. They further said that stores could block off sections housing the items or take them off the shelves completely.