Last week, Walmart announced that after over 30+ years they will be closed this Thanksgiving for the first time. Target has now followed suit.

In a press release from the retailer on Monday morning, they stated that they strive to make Target "America's safest place to shop this holiday season" and part of that is keeping their stores closed on Thanksgiving. Target's CEO said in a statement:

This year more than ever, a joyful holiday will be inseparable from a safe one, and we’re continuing to adjust our plans to deliver ease, value and the joy of the season in a way that only Target can.

In addition to staying closed on Thanksgiving, Target will be starting their holiday deals earlier to avoid long, crowded lines. Normally, they start at the end of November but this year they'll begin in October and continue throughout the season, both in stores and online. They also suggest getting the Target Circle app for even more savings. Between that and the holiday deals arriving early this year, you know it's going to be way more than a "Target run and done." Is it ever really, though? ;-)

Target also delivered some more good news stating that that they have now added fresh and frozen groceries to their same day pick-up and delivery at all stores. Prior to today, that wasn't an option. This makes things even more convenient and safe for customers. The company saw a 278% increase in delivery/pickup service in their first quarter.

Walmart and Target are the first major retailers to reveal plans for the Thanksgiving holiday and both will be open the day before and on Black Friday.

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