Walmart will again close stores on Thanksgiving, cancelling a Black Friday tradition that drew huge crowds
Walmarton Friday said it will close stores on Thanksgivingfor the second year in a row.
- Typically, Walmart has kept stores open and started
Black Fridaysales early.
- Walmart also gave workers the day off on Thanksgiving in 2020.
Walmart on Friday said it will close all US store locations on Thanksgiving Day.
The store closures represent a stark departure from years past, when the
Walmart gave similar reasoning for this year's move.
"Closing our stores on Thanksgiving Day is one way we're saying 'thank you' to our teams for their dedication and hard work this year," Dacona Smith, executive vice president and COO for Walmart US, said in a statement.
Before 2020, Walmart kept stores open for regular hours on Thanksgiving, cordoning off areas dedicated to Black Friday sales until the early evening. Those early Black Friday sales attracted hordes of shoppers looking to get ahead of the holiday deals.
Walmart is one of a growing number of retailers that have started giving workers Thanksgiving off. Costco, Lowe's, and Marshalls all typically close their doors on Thanksgiving Day.
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