Target Stores will close for six hours on Black Friday

Javier Stokes
November 7, 2017

In 2016, the National Retail Federation found that almost 100 million people shopped brick and mortar stores during Thanksgiving weekend.

The shift in store hours will give employees and chance to "recharge" and prepare stores for Black Friday shoppers, said Janna Potts, Target's chief stores officer, according to Fortune. The discount retailer said that some of the deep discounts it will be offering on Black Friday will be available online on Wednesday at for REDcard holders.

As retailers have gotten an earlier start on Black Friday sales that have crept earlier into Thanksgiving evening, a number of of shopping malls and stores have not seen as much of a payoff in staying open all night.

That's different from a year ago when it kept the stores open straight through the night. The Mall of America and Burnsville Center have gone further and will not open at all on Thanksgiving for the second year in a row.

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Target has unveiled its Thanksgiving and Black Friday plans.

In contrast, Target decided it would close between midnight and 6 a.m. on Black Friday and is opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

As is the case with other retailers, Penney is getting an earlier start on Black Friday deals, starting online promotions on the preceding weekend rather than they day before, and the company has already released its 72-page Black Friday circular, publishing it nearly a week earlier than past year.

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