Retailers Make Big Changes for Thanksgiving

Composite image by the author.

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Madison Raap, Managing Editor

Everything this year has been different from what we do for family vacations, how we spend holidays, and how we have been doing school. Which makes you wonder how 2020’s Thanksgiving is going to go. Is it going to have the same feel as previous years or is it going to have a void in it that we can’t fill? 

While we obviously can’t travel for Thanksgiving, big retailers, including Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, have decided to shut down their stores for the day. 

Since March, retail workers have been working hard to keep their shelves stocked throughout the pandemic. Retailers have been giving their workers overtime and bonuses but that doesn’t make up for the time lost. Many of the workers may have missed birthday parties, weddings, and just regular ol’ family time. 

Target, Walmart, Dick’s, Kohl’s, and Best Buy are currently the “big” retailers planning to shut their doors for Thanksgiving. They decided that their workers deserve a break from all they have been doing for the country this year alone. 

Walmart President and CEO, John Furner, stated, “We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones.”

Along with closing for Thanksgiving, many retailers are doing online Black Friday sales and some are even doing multiple “Black Fridays” to ensure customers can remain safe while they are shopping. 

These extra safety precautions are going to be taken throughout the holiday season. Michelle Gass, Kohl’s CEO, stated, “as we move into the holiday season of this very unusual year, we are adapting our plans in response to changing customer expectations and behaviors.” 

So on Thanksgiving when you are thinking about what you are thankful for make sure you think about the retail workers who have sacrificed their time to ensure the shelves are stocked for others.