RETAIL giant Target will close their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving Black Friday in question.
Many major retail companies will extend cyber deals and are hosting virtual sales events to encourage shoppers to spend online.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday occurs on November 27, the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Traditionally, it's a day where many major retailers discount their goods and shoppers are able to purchase items on sale.
Why is it called Black Friday?
The term "Black Friday" was first used in 1869 by two investors who drove up the price of gold and caused a stock market crash.
In the 1950's, cops in Philadelphia used the term "Black Friday" to reference the day between Thanksgiving and the Army-Navy football game, according to Business Insider.
Tourists and shoppers flocked to the city on the day, forcing cops to work long hours into overtime to control crowds and traffic.
Merchants opted to change it's name to Big Friday, but it never stuck.
Is Target Black Friday canceled this year?
Target have closed their doors to shoppers on Thanksgiving Day due to Covid-19, but have yet to make an announcement about Black Friday.
Several retailers will have daily one-day online-only Cyber Steals from Oct. 22 through Dec. 2.
“We’ve seen a focus on home like never before,” said Marisa Thalberg, Lowe’s executive vice president, chief brand and marketing officer.
“We want people to be able to get what they want at great values, no matter how they want to shop this holiday season,” Thalberg told USA Today.
"When it comes to going into the physical stores, we are not going to create a situation where there is a time sensitivity that would create crowd situations,” she continued.
“That is irresponsible in our current environment.”
What other stores are closed on Black Friday?
Breaking a decade-long tradition, Walmart and Sam's Club were the first major retailers to announce their store closure on Thanksgiving Day.
Following suit from Walmart and Target, the following retailers have also closed their doors to shoppers on November 26:
- Best Buy
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- TJ Maxx
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Office Depot
These companies also have yet to make a statement regarding Black Friday, but many are encouraging customers to shop online.
Best Buy customers can shop for Amazon items online in their 60-hour sale event -which includes items such as Echo speakers, Fire TVs, Ring video doorbells, Kindle’s and many more Amazon goodies.
A majority of the items Best Buy is offering up at discount prices are far lowers than you’ll find on Amazon’s actual site right now – in fact the price tags match Prime Day numbers.
Lowe's Cyber Steal deals will be available for curbside pickup, in-store pickup and delivery.
Items included in Lowe’s Cyber Steals will be tools, generators, pressure washers, patio sets, electronics, small appliances, floor care, lighting, décor and much more.
Walmart customers will find deals on toys, electronics, home products and much more online.
The company’s Black Friday Deals will extend to three different “events” for three weeks.
Each “event” will have a different set of products for every type of shopper.
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