Due to new health and safety regulations enacted during the current pandemic, Target has made some changes to its store. That being said, here are eight things that you won’t see in Target anymore.
8. Fitting Rooms
In an article published by The New York Post back in May, a spokeswoman for Target said that the retail giant would be temporarily closing its fitting rooms “out of an abundance of caution.” But, the truth of the matter is that people need to try on clothing. The problem is that the government has offered no guidelines for when it comes to the sale of apparel and how to handle clothing that’s been inside a fitting room. As a result, Target and many other retailers have had to make their fitting rooms off-limits. There is one exception, however. On its website, Target announced that guests may still use their fitting rooms for nursing if requested.
Using their fitting rooms for breastfeeding mothers isn’t anything new, though. FOX 29 Philadelphia reported back in 2015 that the store was being applauded for their breastfeeding policy, which allows breastfeeding mothers to nurse in their fitting rooms or anywhere they choose within the store.
7. Free Food Samples
According to its website, Target will cease food sampling in its stores in an effort to keep shoppers and workers safe. And, Target isn’t alone in this sentiment. USA Today reported on March 6 that Costco stores in California, Florida and Washington state had banned free food samples without any specific date in mind for when they’d start offering them again, although, according to CNN, the company started offering them again at a handful of stores the week starting with June 14, with plans to roll them out to additional locations in the coming weeks. The samples are pre-packaged and Costco is considering putting up plexiglass barriers in front of them.
But, it may not be just these two stores. “Any grocery stores that offer free samples will likely move away from those in a post-pandemic world especially if they’re in standalone containers and not handed out by workers,” Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with DealNews, told Reader’s Digest.
6. Workers Without Face Coverings or Masks
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Target stated on its website that it has already begun taking steps to protect its workers and customers via increased safety measures. As a result, they’re providing all workers with masks and gloves. We are “providing team members with high-quality, disposable face masks and gloves to wear at work and encouraging healthy hygiene habits as guided by the CDC. Given CDC guidance on the role that face masks can play in slowing the spread of the coronavirus and to keep our team and guests safe, we’re requiring team members to wear masks or face coverings when working,” Target said in the statement on its website.
5. Unlimited Quantities
Gone are the days of heading to Target and stocking up on the basic necessities. That’s because Target has placed limits on products like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, bottled water, soup, pasta, and more, due to increased demand. “We’re continuing to make adjustments to limits as needed, and respectfully ask all guests to consider their immediate needs and purchase accordingly so more families can find the products they need,” the store said in a statement on its website. Fortunately, the store is working hard to accommodate this increased demand for products in-store as well as online.
4. Starbucks Cafes
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Starbucks closed many of its locations and moved to a to-go model at some of its other stores. Unfortunately, the Starbucks cafes in Target were among those that were closed — at least for the time being anyway. According to an article published by USA Today, the company said that the locations that temporarily closed were shuttered due to the fact that they are in high-social gathering locations. As a result, Starbucks locations in malls and on college campuses were also closed.
According to an article published by CNN, Starbucks has a plan for gradually reopening. They are adopting a “monitor and adapt” strategy to reopen some cafes in the U.S. following their closures in mid-March. “Monitor and adapt” means that they will “gradually expand and shift the customer experiences we enable in our stores,” CEO Kevin Johnson said in an open letter to employees, CNN reported.
3. Big Crowds
Target, like many other stores, has limited the number of shoppers allowed inside in order to protect both shoppers and workers during the current coronavirus pandemic. Target made the announcement in early April that it would begin limiting the number of people allowed at one time inside its nearly 1,900 stores beginning Saturday, April 4, in order to comply with social distancing rules. The limits put in place would vary and be based on each store’s location and square footage. There will also be a designated waiting area outside with distancing markers.
2. People Shopping on Tuesday and Wednesday Mornings
Well, there will still be people shopping on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings — it’s just that it will only be a specific group of people shopping. According to its website, Target has decided to make special accommodations for those most at risk of contracting COVID-19. As a result, the retail giant has made the first hour their stores are open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays available for those over 65 years old, pregnant women, and anyone else the CDC defines as vulnerable or at-risk. “During these hours, we’ll have team members outside of our stores, reminding guests to practice social distancing both in line and when entering the store,” Target said in a statement on its website.
1. Close Contact with Cashiers
Perhaps you’ve noticed plexiglass partitions at the checkout lines of your favorite grocer. These partitions have been put in place to ensure that employees, customers, and the community are safe. Not to be left out, Target has also begun rolling out plexiglass partitions. But, it’s not just at the checkout lines at the front of the stores. They’ve also installed them in the Electronics Department, at service desks, at CVS Pharmacies within the stores, and at Target Optical.
According to an article published by Fox Business, plexiglass is very resistant and doesn’t get damaged by cleaners, making it the perfect barrier to offer protection for businesses looking to reopen during the current pandemic.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the things you won’t see at Target anymore. Now, let’s take a look at 11 things you can’t get at Walmart anymore.