It seems like every day there is another reminder about how things have changed due to the pandemic. Today’s reminder is that Walmart Stores Closed Thanksgiving Day to show appreciation to their employees. This will have a big impact on the holiday shopping season! Will other retailers make the same move and close on Thanksgiving? How will all of this affect Black Friday Sales?
Walmart Stores Closed Thanksgiving Day
It was announced today that Walmart and Sam’s Club will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. This is big news as we look at the changes the pandemic is having in our country. It seems like every year the Black Friday sales start earlier and Walmart has started in-store sales on Thanksgiving. That has allowed the retail giant the opportunity to attract shoppers with awesome sales before the traditional Black Friday sales.
Walmart continues to see a rise in customer spending and that has led them to give out bonuses to store employees. According to CNBC.com “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 John Furner, president and CEO of Walmart U.S. said in a news release. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.” This announcement is to show appreciation to the associates that continue to keep the shelves stocked and the stores open.
It will be interesting to see how this year’s Black Friday sales will take place. The likely scenario is that more retailers will take their sales online and possibly offer them over multiple days (maybe even weeks). The thought of large crowds shopping in stores just does not seem likely this year. We will continue to bring you all the news as we find it. We are committed to bringing you all the in-store or online Black Friday Sales each year!