Last-Minute Shoppers Hit Stores As More Closeds On Thanksgiving – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thanksgiving is only a day away, and people are picking up their last-minute staples for the dinner menu. Many stores will remain closed on Thursday due to the holiday.

In years past, Target would have been open part of Thanksgiving. But last year, Target remained closed for the holiday to try to limit crowds during the pandemic. The CEO said this year stores will remain permanently closed on Thanksgiving.

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And that goes for many stores. Kowalski’s will be closed tomorrow. Select Cub Foods stores will be open with fewer opening hours, but others are closed, so you need to check by location.

Kathy and Gerry Zielinski were buying pies from Kowalski’s in Eden Prairie on Wednesday. They weren’t able to celebrate their usual Thanksgiving last year due to COVID-19, but this year they said everyone has been vaccinated and will be heading to Chicago to be with their families. They say the cakes will come too.

Most Hy-Vee stores will remain open but opening hours will be reduced. On the other hand, stores such as Costco, Aldi and Target will be closed on Thursday.

“I’ve been there the last few days and the parking lot is so full you can’t even park, so a lot of people do last minute shopping,” said Earl Jex, a Bloomington resident.

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is, of course, the time shoppers hope to scoop up these holiday deals.

Every person WCCO spoke to said they would prefer employees to be home with their families on Thanksgiving and save their Black Friday deals for the actual Friday.

“I try to stay away from stores on those days to reduce the stress on dedicated employees,” one shopper said.

Lunds and Byerlys will be closed on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday as a thank you to the staff. So if the holiday shopping rush at the stores isn’t your thing, there’s always Cyber ​​Monday.

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