Black Friday shopping is going to look a lot different this year due to the coronavirus crisis, beginning with the fact that fewer retailers are getting a jump by opening on Thanksgiving Day.
The worsening pandemic has forced many retailers to rethink their holiday shopping strategies as they look to reduce the number of people in their stores to meet capacity limits and prevent the spread of the virus.
Thanksgiving Day has become the early kickoff to Black Friday shopping, but this year many retailers have made the decision to keep their stores closed Thursday, instead holding holiday sales online.
The shift away from in-store sales and massive in-store crowds on Thanksgiving Day is in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has deemed Black Friday shopping a high-risk activity for the spread the coronavirus.
Instead the CDC recommends taking advantage of online sales, which has prompted retailers to offer a series of discounts on their e-commerce sites all month long to keep crowds downs and reduce virus contagion.
Here’s the list of 22 retailers that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, along with links to their holiday shopping specials:
- Bath & Body Works
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Best Buy
- BJ’s Wholesale
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Foot Locker (via Footwear News)
- Home Depot
- JC Penney
- Office Depot (via USA Today)
- OfficeMax (via USA Today)
- Sam’s Club
- Under Armour
- Williams Sonoma