Is Black Friday 2020 Cancelled?
With the coronavirus pandemic, many are wondering whether Black Friday 2020 will be cancelled. Many stores are open, but in some areas they have had to close again due to outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. So, it’s conceivable that stores will take extra precautions for the massive crowds that Black Friday brings.
Prime Day Pushed to October
Amazon Prime started celebrating Prime Day in 2015, for their 20th birthday. Typically held in July, Prime Day was not held in July 2020. Because, of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Day has been pushed to October. Of course, that’s just before the Holiday push comes in November for Black Friday.
Amazon has not publicly announced its Prime Day date for 2020, however, they have told 3rd party sellers that it will be October 5, 2020.
Stores Closed on Thanksgiving
In recent years, Black Friday has been spilling over into Thanksgiving with stores opening on Thursday. However, in 2020, many stores have already confirmed that they will not open on Thanksgiving.
Confirmed stores that are closing on Thanksgiving Day 2020
- Walmart / Sam’s Club
- Best Buy
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- TJ Maxx
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Office Depot
Will Black Friday 2020 Be Cancelled?
The coronavirus pandemic has hit retailers especially hard, forcing many to remain closed for months. Even essential businesses had to narrow their product offering to only the most essential goods.
Black Friday is named for being “in the black” (meaning profit), as opposed to being “in the red” (meaning in debt). In other words, it’s a time when stores hope to turn their bottom line into profit rather than loss. So, in an especially difficult year like 2020, it makes sense that they won’t want to lose the Black Friday sales where they can profit. For some, it may be their last chance to turn things around.
For years, Cyber Monday has been the time to save big with online sales. Cyber Monday is the Monday after Black Friday. However, in recent years online sales for Black Friday have started even before Friday. So, it stands to reason that stores will continue to offer great deals online even if it’s not in person.
In conclusion, even though Black Friday 2020 might look different than the usual doorbuster crowds, expect great deals that could even be more spread out over the weeks that lead to Christmas holiday shopping.
COVID Retail Apocalypse
In 2020, retail giants such as J.C. Penney declared bankruptcy and plans to close 200 stores, And, Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works announced they were closing 300 stores. Gordmans bankruptcy and store closings. Tuesday Morning stores declare bankruptcy. And, of course, Pier One Imports closing all of their stores. Shortly after Neiman Marcus, another department store giant, declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid the coronavirus pandemic. And, most recently The Children’s Place announced they would close 300 stores. and 24-Hour fitness closes doors to nearly half of its clubs. See all of the recent store closings in the Covid Retail Apocalypse.
See all the 2020 Stores Closing here.
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