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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: Customers exit a Target store on January 15, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Shares of big box retailer Target fell after the company reported that same-store sales during November and December inched up only 1.4%, compared to a more robust growth of 5.7% one year ago. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The holiday shopping season is going to be very different this year; Target announced via their company blog that they will stay closed on Thanksgiving (Walmart recently announced that they would stay closed on Thanksgiving as well). “This season, you can count on getting extra-big savings without the extra-long lines, with plenty of opportunities to score the best deals on the hottest items both before and after November 26.”

Among some other changes Target is making: avoiding big one-day events that pull huge crowds: “Let’s face it: Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isn’t a year for crowds.” This year, they’re starting holiday sales in October.

They also notes that they are making 20,000 more products—including fresh and frozen groceries—available via their pickup and delivery services.

CNN recently postulated that “Black Friday As We Know It Is Finally Dead,” although if a coronavirus vaccine is developed and distributed, odds are “Black Friday” may return in the future.