Consumers wanting to take advantage of the long weekend have options for shopping and grabbing a bite this Labor Day.
Unlike Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, most major retailers are typically open on the federal holiday dedicated to the achievements of American workers.
However, amid the coronavirus pandemic, what stores and restaurants will be open Monday – and their hours – can vary depending on where you live. Several will have special holiday hours and many pharmacies will be closed.
Costco is the largest retailer staying closed on Labor Day and the wholesale club closes for other holidays including New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day and Independence Day.
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Because of the high unemployment rate amid COVID-19, Minnesota-based Red Wing Shoe Company announced it intends to “bring back the true meaning of Labor Day with its #LaborDayOn initiative” and said in a news release that it is “turning a holiday that’s become synonymous with discounts, sales and doorbuster deals back into a day for the American worker.”
The 115-year-old company is transforming over 525 of its stores into hubs for people to search for local trade jobs and is switching its customer service line, 800-RED-WING, “into a job search hotline to offer both free guidance as well to help connect the unemployed to more open positions.”
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Red Wing says 50 brands, including General Mills, Burger King, New Balance, Land O’ Lakes, Johnsonville and Sleep Number, have joined in the movement “to use their own marketing channels on Labor Day to post all job openings they have available using the hashtag #LaborDayOn.”
According to data from Womply, a small business software provider, 23% of restaurants and 15% of stores are still closed.
“While uncertainty still abounds, your favorite restaurants and shops could use all the help they can get,” said Brad Plothow, Womply vice president of corporate marketing and communications. Plothow recommended looking for “responsible ways to support them by looking for businesses that offer takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup.”
Stores open Labor Day 2020
Most stores are still operating with reduced hours because of COVID-19 and others will reduce hours. Most pharmacies are closed. Check with your store before heading out. Click on store names to search for location-specific information.
Grocery stores, convenience stores open Labor Day
Most grocery stores are still operating under reduced hours due to COVID-19. Some may also have shorter hours Monday. Additional stores, gas stations and convenience stores also are expected to be open. Check before heading out.
Labor Day stores closed
Restaurants open Labor Day
The following restaurant chains have select locations open in some capacity. Some dining rooms may be closed, and many may only be offering takeout and delivery. Check with your closest location to learn more.
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