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Walmart Explains Why You Won't Be Able to Shop on Thanksgiving This Year

The retail giant is taking the holiday off this year—for a very good reason.

"Black Friday" is one of the biggest shopping days of the year in America—known just as much for its steep discounts on retail items as it is for its viral videos of antsy people stampeding their local shops to get their hands on coveted tech or holiday gifts. In recent years, in order to capitalize on this spike in foot traffic, stores have even expanded their deals and store hours to also include the day before, aka Thanksgiving Day.

But, that's not happening at Walmart this year. In fact, the world's largest retailer just announced that it will close all Walmart stores on Thanksgiving Day, November 26.

But before you complain, know that this is a significant move, especially for Walmart associates, who will not be required to work on the national holiday.

"We know this has been a trying year, and our associates have stepped up," Walmart's U.S. president and CEO John Furner explained in a statement. Of course, he was alluding to the coronavirus pandemic that has put Walmart employees on the front lines as stores across the country have remained open during the global health crisis.

"We hope they will enjoy a special Thanksgiving Day at home with their loved ones," Furner added. "We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts."

And, it's not just on Thanksgiving Day that Walmart associates will get a break. The massive retail chain also announced they are investing an additional $428 million into staff bonuses, which, when combined with previous bonuses, totals $1.1 billion in extra pay that will be given to staffers in 2020.

Walmart's recognition of the courageous efforts of its associates during these extremely tough times is sure to be well-received by staff and loyal shoppers alike. (Remember: There is always the option of shopping online—or even via email.)

There's no word yet in regards to other major retailers or grocery stores also closing on Thanksgiving Day, but you can sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates. And for more essential shopping info, check out 16 Major Changes at Walmart That Are Here to Stay.