The world’s largest retailer won’t be open the day before Black Friday.
Walmart has announced it will close its stores on Thanksgiving as a way of thanking their employees for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.
"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, CEO of Walmart said in a statement. "We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts."
The announcement means it will be the first time the chain is closed for the holiday since the ‘80s. Walmart’s Sam’s Club will also be closed, but that has been the norm for the company’s sister chain.
Both Walmart and Sam's Club will reopen on Black Friday, but store hours will be released at a later date, the company said.
To further show their appreciation for their workforce, Walmart also disclosed they will spend another $428 million in bonuses for their full-time and part-time employees.
Full-time hourly workers will receive a $300 bonus, while part-time hourly staff will get $150. The payments will be given out on August 10th, reported CNBC.
“Our associates have been working at an incredible pace, they’ve solved problems, and they’ve set an amazing example for others,” Furner said in the statement. “To further appreciate their incredible work, we are pleased to share another special cash bonus this summer.”
This is the third round of bonuses the company has dispersed since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak. In total, Walmart has paid out $1.1 billion in bonuses.
Last week, Walmart announced the company would require all customers to wear face masks while shopping in their stores.
The policy went into effect on Monday and is being enforced by specially trained “health ambassadors.”