Target Will No Longer Accept In-Store Returns


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Just about a week after Costco announced they would no longer accept returns on high-demand items, Target is following suit. In an announcement from CEO Brian Cornell on their website, the chain confirmed it will not be accepting in-store returns for at least the next three weeks.

“To be extra cautious, Target will stop accepting in-store product returns and exchanges for the next three weeks,” Cornell wrote, “but don’t worry if you have a return that expires during that period, because we’ll still honor them three weeks past the holding period.” Presumably, this applies to all returns and exchanges, rather than just ones on ones that have become more popular amid the coronavirus spread.

Effective immediately, Target employees will also no longer handle reusable bags. Paper and plastic bags will be available at checkout, and your local store will waive any corresponding fees associated with using them.

Furthermore, checkout lanes will be cleaned after each guest interaction, Cornell confirmed, and “dedicated team members will guide guests in line while that happens. For the foreseeable future, our stores will rotate the use of our check lanes to allow those not in use to be deep-cleaned.”

Target also recently adjusted store hours; most locations will now close at 9 p.m. and the first hour of shopping each Wednesday will be reserved for “vulnerable guests.”

For more information on Target’s new policies, you can read Cornell’s open letter in full here.

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