In what is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition, Boscov’s has announced that it will close all 49 of its stores for the holiday, which falls on Nov. 24 this year.

This includes locations at Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township and Palmer Park Mall in Palmer Township. Boscov’s said it will announce revised holiday shopping hours along with its deals closer to the holiday shopping season.

Jim Boskow, chairman and CEO of the Exeter Township, Berks County, department store, said he started the policy during the COVID pandemic and is excited to continue it.

“Thanksgiving closing gives our hard-working colleagues an uninterrupted day to spend with their families,” Boskow said in a statement. “A lot has changed because of the pandemic. I am delighted that this change has become the new norm and hope that it will become permanent in the retail industry.”

Before the pandemic, Thanksgiving was a major shopping day, tied with Black Friday. Target announced last year that it will be closed on Thanksgiving “moving forward.” Others, such as Walmart and Kohl’s, have yet to announce their plans.

Most pharmacies and supermarkets will be open on Thanksgiving, although many will have limited hours.

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