Walmart Giving Employees the Day Off on Thanksgiving

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For the first time in years, Walmart is closing all of its retail stores on Thanksgiving Day. Over the years, like many retailers who choose to remain open on Thanksgiving, Walmart has received harsh criticism.

For Black Friday Shoppers – there will be no day-before doorbusters happening on Thanksgiving. You’ll have to wait until Black Friday, if, of course, stores are even open by then.

Although many federal, state, and local government entities have said they will not close down again, the coronavirus has proven to change opinions. Whether or not shopping will be open at all is still unknown. What we do know is that no matter what, Walmart will definitely be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

A Trying Year

The announcement that Walmart plans to close stores on Thanksgiving came on Tuesday. The retailer stated that the closures will include all Walmart retail stores, as well as Sam’s Club warehouse retail stores, which are also owned by Walmart.

President and CEO of Walmart US, John Furner, attributed the day off to the coronavirus. He stated, “We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up.”

He went on to say, “We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones.”

In addition to providing an extra day off for employees for the first time in years, the company is also giving employees bonuses ranging from $150 to $300. Since the start of the coronavirus, they have issued two bonuses totaling $1.1 billion as a thank you to employees.

How You Can Still Shop & Save Early

Although you won’t be able to shop for a great “early deal” on Thanksgiving, you may be able to score your favorite Walmart items online. You may even find more deals on Walmart.com than you have in previous years.

Consumers have been shifting to online shopping long before the pandemic. Retailers have in turn been offering deals that just keep getting better online. We expect nothing less from Walmart. There will likely be more deals than ever to offset the revenue lost from store closings.

Black Friday

Walmart has yet to announce the store hours for Black Friday, which falls on November 27 this year. They did confirm that both Sam’s Club and Walmart will operate with normal hours on Wednesday, November 25th.

That being said, no one really knows if shopping in-store will be an option in November. If you want to ensure your gifts arrive on time, or that you’ll be able to shop, you may want to start extra early this year!