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Walmart to close stores on Thanksgiving Day

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Walmart shoppers will have to wait until the day after Thanksgiving to do their Black Friday shopping this year, the company said on Tuesday. Unlike in recent years, the company plans to close its Walmart stores and Sam’s Club outlets in the United States on Thanksgiving day.

John Furner

The move was framed as a nod towards honoring Walmart workers in tough year, and the company also announced another round of cash bonuses to store, club, distribution center, fulfillment center and other associates “for their ongoing contributions and dedication to serving customers, members and communities during this unprecedented time.”

The bonus will be $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates. The bonuses will also be paid to drivers, managers and assistant managers in stores, clubs, distribution centers, fulfillment centers and Health & Wellness centers, according to Walmart, which said the bonuses will total about $428 million.

“Our associates have been working at an incredible pace, they’ve solved problems, and they’ve set an amazing example for others,” Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner said in a statement. “To further appreciate their incredible work, we are pleased to share another special cash bonus this summer.”

U.S. associates (excluding salaried office associates) employed by the company as of July 31 will qualify, and it will pay out on Aug. 20. This is the third special bonus Walmart has given to associates in 2020, totaling $1.1 billion in bonuses so far this year, in addition to the regular incentive it provides to frontline associates on a quarterly basis.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve been so proud to see how our associates have pulled together to take care of each other and our members,” said Kathryn McLay, President and CEO, of Sam’s Club. “These are extraordinary times, and our associates have lifted each other up in extraordinary ways, and we are so grateful.”

Walmart cited the hard work of its associates in the decision to close the retailer’s stores on Thanksgiving Day (November 26) this year. Sam’s Club locations, which were closed last Thanksgiving, will also be closed that day this year. Walmart stores and Sam’s Club outlets will be open regular hours on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and Black Friday hours will be announced at a later date.

“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,” said Furner. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”


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