Walmart will keep stores closed this Thanksgiving

Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate with normal hours, the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Store and club hours for Friday, Nov. 27, which is Black Friday, will be shared at a later date.

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Walmart U.S. president and CEO John Furner announced that stores will break from tradition and close on Thanksgiving Day, which usually is the start of the holiday shopping season and Black Friday weekend.

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Walmart stores will be closed this Thanksgiving, the retailer announced Tuesday.

In a memo to employees, Walmart U.S. president and CEOJohn Furner announced another bonus for employees and that stores will break from tradition and close for the holiday, which usually is the start of the holiday shopping season and Black Friday weekend.

“We know holiday shopping will be different this year, and we will be managing sales events differently,”Furner wrote.”Our best ideas come from our associates, and this year we have decided to close our stores on Thanksgiving Day – November 26.”

Walmart stores haven’t closed on Thanksgiving since the late 1980s, the company told USA TODAY. Christmas is the only day each year most Walmart locations close.

Furner said the employee who suggested the idea of closing for Thanksgivingwas Kevin Carlyle, who works at a store in Round Rock, Texas.

“We know it’s been a trying year, and you’ve stepped up,” Furner wrote.”We want you to enjoy the day at home with your loved ones.”

Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations will operate with normal hours, the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25. Store and club hours for Friday, Nov. 27, which is Black Friday, will be shared at a later date, the company said in anews release.

Sam’s Club locations traditionally stay closedon the holiday, but most Walmart stores have kicked off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving and have kept doors open.

Walmart kicked off its 2019 Black Friday salein stores at6 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day, but offered many online deals earlier.

Since March, Walmart has beenoperating with reduced hoursdue to thecoronavirus. Most stores are openfrom 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Walmart and Sam’s Club havemade other changes includinglimiting the number of shoppersin stores and on Mondayboth started requiring all shoppers wear masks.

Walmart giving employees bonuses

Walmart and Sam’s Club are giving employeesanother bonusworth approximately $428 million, the company said Tuesday.

This is the third special bonus the company has given workersdue to the coronavirus pandemic,”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.”

“You’ve been working at an incredible pace, you’ve solved problems, and you’ve set an amazing example for others,” Furner wrote in the employee memo. “To further appreciate the work that’s being done throughout our stores and supply chain, we’re pleased to announce another special cash bonus for the summer.”

The bonus is $300 for full-time hourly associates and drivers and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates who work instores, clubs, supply chain and offices if they are employed as of July 31. The bonuses will be included in the Aug. 20 paychecks.

The company said assistant managers also will receive a bonus, and store and facility managers will also receive one for their efforts the first half of this year.

Sam’s Club and Walmartgaveemployees cash bonuses in April andanother bonus in June.

Read more at usatoday.com

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