Among the changes to Thanksgiving this year due to the pandemic some major retail chains are keeping their doors closed until Black Friday.
They’re doing this to show gratitude to their employees for their work on the frontlines throughout the pandemic.
It’s also an effort to keep both customers and workers safe while attempting to mitigate Black Friday crowds.
This year Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s and Macy’s are among a growing list of stores keeping their doors closed on Thanksgiving.
There’s an increased push for online shopping many deals already underway. With more planned throughout the season.
Safety is being prioritized this year looking to keep customers socially distant and store capacities limited during COVID-19.
In addition there’s an emphasis on shopping local businesses. Many of whom have struggled during the pandemic and need extra support to make it through an economically trying year.
That’s one of the reasons State College has incorporated more displays throughout its downtown area drawing people in to see the lights on their own time and shop small businesses while doing so.
“That’s always our goal as an improvement district and we wanna see our businesses survive. This is an extremely challenging time we want people to come, grab some takeout, enjoy the lights outside safely.”
Small business Saturday is this Saturday directly following Black Friday.