Walmart to Close Its Doors on Thanksgiving Giving Employees a Rest – Inside Their Generous Gesture

Odette Odendaal
Jul 23, 2020
02:30 A.M.
Share this pen

For the first time in decades, Walmart will close nationally on Thanksgiving as a way to thank their staff for "all their efforts," but it's not the only surprise the company has in store for its employees.


Last year, Walmart welcomed Thanksgiving in-store with the start of their Black Friday deals, but this year, the annual holiday will take place very differently.

Shoppers in a department store. | Source: Getty Images.

Shoppers in a department store. | Source: Getty Images.


Walmart's CEO, John Furner, issued a memo to employees, which announced that stores nationwide would be closed on November 26, as will their Sam's Club locations. Grateful for the efforts of their employees, Furner said:

“This has been a trying year, and our associates stepped up. We hope they will enjoy Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones.”


Additionally, Furner had even more good news, as the company will dish out its third round of bonuses this year. The special cash bonus, which will pay out on August 20, is in addition to quarterly incentives offered to frontline associates.

Employees, excluding office associates with fixed salaries, working at Walmart as of July 31, will qualify for bonuses totalling $428 million. Full-time hourly associates are set to receive $300, while part-time hourly and temporary associates will be entitled to $150.


Assistant managers, drivers, and managers working in stores, Health & Wellness, clubs, DCs, and FCs, will also get bonuses this year. The upcoming bonus, along with the two Walmart already dished out earlier this year, amounts to $1.1 billion, and that excludes regular incentives already in place.

The last time Walmart closed on Thanksgiving Day, was in the late 1980s, and up until now, Christmas Day was the only day most of the stores closed nationwide.


However, with the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Walmart slightly changed its operations. From March, store hours changed to 7 am until 8:30 pm daily, and additional safety measures include limiting the number of shoppers allowed instore at a time while the wearing of facemasks became mandatory.

Department stores like Walmart got called out by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development in April since their large customer base made their stores high-risk locations.

While the agency didn't call for them to close shop totally, they did request that all "big shot" department stores stop the sales of non-essential items.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy

We at news.AmoMama.com do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDС, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated.Take care!

Related posts

McDonald's Worker Buys Food for a Mother and Her Three Kids, Gets Repaid Tenfold for His Kindness

March 02, 2022

Company Loses $8 Million under Director’s Order, He Blames the Clerk Later

April 18, 2022

Grocery Store Owner Fires Clerk for Giving Food to Homeless, They Switch Places Months Later — Story of the Day

February 12, 2022

Antique Shop Owner Asks Homeless Man Begging for Food Where He Got His Ring – Story of the Day

February 10, 2022

Older Woman Approaches Twin Mom Asking to Hug Them, Mom Can't Refuse after Hearing Her Story

April 06, 2022

Mom of Quintuplets Can’t Pay For Groceries, Voice behind Says, ‘Your Bill Is Already Covered’ — Story of the Day

February 17, 2022

Old Grocery Store Owner Pretends Being a Blind Customer to Test His New Employee – Story of the Day

May 01, 2022

Grocery Store Owner Recognizes Old Lady Who Cleans Floors and Immediately Takes Her Mop Away — Story of the Day

February 14, 2022

Cop Called to Arrest Shoplifting Mom, Sees Her Children and Decides to Pay Her Bill

February 12, 2022

Woman Notices That Her Grandson Disappears in the Evenings and Decides to Follow Him – Story of the Day

January 29, 2022

Woman Briefly Steps Away from Cart with Little Daughter inside at Costco, Stranger Steals the Cart

March 05, 2022

Old Lady Helps Homeless Men in Her District, Years Later They Come To Her Home in a Luxury Car – Story of the Day

February 04, 2022

Poor Old Man Who Buys Groceries Every Day Stops Showing Up, Store Owner Decides to Check on Him — Story of the Day

March 11, 2022

Paul Newman Had 6 Children with 2 Women – His Will Caused a Rift between His Family and Adviser

November 29, 2022