If you want sales, you’ll have to wait for the actual day.
This is the year of change; Walmart announced on Tuesday that it will end close all stores on Thanksgiving Day, ending its long-standing tradition of kicking off in-store Black Friday sales on the holiday. The closures will also affect Sam’s Club stores, and together, the two retailers will mark a huge departure from something that was considered a very American tradition.
“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, the president and CEO of Walmart US, said in a statement. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”
Black Friday sales typically draw huge crowds to Walmart stores; last year, the company opened its doors at 6 p.m. to launch doorbuster Black Friday sales. This year, however, is likely to take a different turn come Thanksgiving.
In addition to this announcement, Walmart also shared that it will provide another bonus between $150 and $300 to employees on August 20. This will be the third time Walmart gave out bonuses to its employees since the start of the pandemic. Both full-time and part-time employees will qualify for the bonus.