Walmart to Close on Thanksgiving, Ending Longtime Black Friday Tradition

Walmart July 21 announced it would not be open on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 — typically the beginning of the retail behemoth’s annual Black Friday retail holiday. The decision also affects Sam’s Club locations.

Walmart has been a perennial home entertainment retail leader over the Black Friday holiday, which typically began with special deals on Thanksgiving.

The decision was in tandem with corporate announcing plans to spend $428 million on special cash bonuses to store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center associates for their ongoing contributions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The bonus will be $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates. Drivers, managers and assistant managers in stores, clubs, DCs, FCs, and health and wellness will also receive a bonus.

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“We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up. We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones,” John Furner, CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”

Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Information for store and club hours on Friday, Nov. 27 (a.k.a. Black Friday) will be shared at a later date.

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