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Walmart stores will be closed on Thanksgiving for the first time since the late 1980s.

USA TODAY

Kiss Black Friday in-store doorbusters goodbye.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the hottest deals this holiday shopping season will be available online to reduce crowds and to eliminate the need to rush into a store.

The sales also are starting earlier than in past years and lasting longer to spread out demand in a season retailers say is unlike any other they have experienced.

Experts say it’s critical for retailers to start the season early as consumers will be faced with restrictions