Best Buy has become the latest retailer to announce it'll be closed all of Thanksgiving Day amid wider efforts to limit crowding during the busiest shopping period of the year.
The Richfield-based retailer confirmed Tuesday it's following the likes of Target and Walmart in keeping its doors closed this Thursday, November, Nov. 26, ending a tradition that has seen it open on Thanksgiving evening to kick off its Black Friday sale.
Best Buy has also said it will be extending its Black Friday sales period, saying it will be "offering some of the hottest deals of the season earlier than ever."
Target made a similar promise earlier this week, saying its Black Friday season would start as soon as October as it seeks to give shoppers more time to get their deals as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
"We can all agree that, so far, 2020 has turned out differently than what we might have expected," Best Buy said on its website. "And now, the holiday season at Best Buy, including Thanksgiving Day, is going to look different, too.
"To meet our customers’ changing lives this holiday, we’re enhancing the way we fulfill orders, from offering more convenient pickup options at our stores to making sure BestBuy.com orders arrive at the right time. We’re also going to start offering some of the hottest deals of the season earlier than ever, to make it even easier for our customers to check off their gift lists."
Another retailer announcing a Thanksgiving Day closure is Dick's Sporting Goods, which has also confirmed it'll continue its 15 percent employee pay increase through the end of the year.