**FILE** A Target store in Northern Virginia (Wikimedia Commons)
**FILE** A Target store in Northern Virginia (Wikimedia Commons)

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Target declared Monday it will close on Thanksgiving Day amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, joining fellow retailer Walmart in shutting its doors for what’s generally considered the start of the holiday shopping season.

“Let’s face it: Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events and this isn’t a year for crowds,” Target said in a blog post its website, NBC News reported.

Target wants its customers to instead start their holiday shopping in October. The retailer said it will make more than 20,000 items, such as fresh frozen food, available for curbside pickup and delivery ahead of the holidays with its Shipt platform.

This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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