Finest Purchase closed on Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday offers on-line

A Best Buy employee uses a shopping cart to shop for an online customer at the South Bay Center in Boston on November 10, 2020. Retail trends are changing during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Best Buy has started offering its Christmas sales on Black Friday and offers earlier this month to thin out crowds.

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Best Buy said it will keep stores closed on Thanksgiving Day and keep many of its Black Friday deals online for the second year in a row.

The company joins a growing list of retailers who have already started announcing plans for the holiday season. Target and Walmart also said they will close for the second year in a row on Thanksgiving Day.

The Friday after Thanksgiving was long the prelude to Christmas shopping, but in recent years many retailers have pushed this earlier, taking advantage of huge discounts to lure customers into stores on Thanksgiving Day after their Truthahnessen is over.

Last year, however, the coronavirus pandemic changed the way consumers shop as they looked for more contactless options, such as shopping online or picking up on the side of the road. Retailers put more doorbuster deals on their websites to reduce the amount of stores and appeal to shoppers’ preferences.

Best Buy in particular is known for its large selection of popular Black Friday items such as flat screen TVs, tablets, smartphones and other consumer electronics.

In a statement by the company on Tuesday, Best Buy did not disclose its opening hours or plans for Black Friday, but said it served millions of customers by picking up and shipping packages to their homes over the Black Friday weekend last year.

“This year we have even more options for customers to do their Christmas shopping easily and conveniently, on Black Friday weekend and during the entire Christmas season,” it says.

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