Walmart stores nationwide will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year to allow employees to spend the holiday with their families.
The move marks the first major indication of how COVID will affect Black Friday store shopping.
“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 Walmart President and CEO John Furner. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”
The superstore has kept its stores open on the holiday since the late 1980s. Typically, the store opens during regular hours on Thanksgiving and ropes off the parts devoted to Black Friday sales.
Company officials said Sam’s Clubs stores would also be closed for the holiday.