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Walmart to close on Thanksgiving for fourth straight year

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For the fourth consecutive year, Walmart has chosen to keep its doors closed on Thanksgiving Day.

The decision, shared by the company’s U.S. President and CEO, John Furner, in a LinkedIn post, emphasizes allowing store associates to spend the holiday with their families. Furner expressed his gratitude, stating, “Thanksgiving is a special day, and we want our store associates to have the chance to spend it with their families and loved ones.”

Historically, Walmart used Thanksgiving to commence its holiday shopping season, a tradition that remained until the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

It was then that Walmart decided to break with its longstanding tradition, marking its first Thanksgiving closure since the 1980s. While Walmart will resume its regular operating hours on the days flanking Thanksgiving, other major retailers like Target, ALDI, and Costco have also declared they will be closed on the holiday, which is set for Nov. 23 this year.

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