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Target, Best Buy, U.S. Bank make Juneteenth company holiday


Courtney Perry/Special to the Star Tribune

Minneapolis has been home to one of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the country. Shown is a photo from 2015's celebration.

Minnesota-based companies Target Corp., Best Buy and U.S. Bank have moved to establish Juneteenth, the June 19 celebration of the emancipation of African-Americans from slavery, as an official company holiday as more businesses continue to adjust their internal policies in the wake of widespread streets protests on racial equity.

While all Target stores and distribution centers will remain open on Friday, full-time hourly team members will have the option to take the day off with full pay. Hourly employees who decide to work that day will be paid time and a half. The Minneapolis headquarters offices will be closed in observance.

"We recognize that the racial trauma the country is experiencing now is not new, but throughout recent weeks there has been a sense that this time is, and has to be, different," said Brian Cornell, Target's chairman and chief executive, in a statement. "Juneteenth takes on additional significance in this moment."


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