If you are already mapping out your holiday shopping strategy in Grand Junction, you can cross Target off your list of Thanksgiving Day stops.

Target announced this week its stores will not be open on Thanksgiving Day this year, just the second time that's happened since 2011. The giant retailer was closed on Thanksgiving in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic.

In a blog post on their website, Target says the response they received from being closed on Thanksgiving last year was "so positive that we’ll carry it forward this year, keeping our Target stores closed all day long on Thanksgiving Day."

In recent years we have seen more and more retailers making the bold move to stay closed all day on Thanksgiving and then open early for Black Friday sales. Walmart closed its stores on Thanksgiving in 2020 for the first time since the 1980s.

It's possible that more and more retailers are realizing that as much as people love their holiday shopping, most people seem to recognize Thanksgiving Day as a time to be together with family - not racing down the toy aisles looking for bargains. I also believe that most people are sympathetic to retail workers who are forced to spend time away from their families when they have to report to work on one of the biggest holidays of the year.

So, hooray for Target for making the decision to keep their doors closed on Thanksgiving Day. I'm sure any shoppers that would have been there on Thanksgiving Day will be there bright and early when the doors open on Friday morning - and they won't be spending any less money. Hopefully, more retailers will follow suit.

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