Black Friday shopping, at least for my family, has basically started on Thanksgiving night for the past several years as stores have gotten the jump on serving those sale seekers. What used to be a 'day off" for most retail employees, Thanksgiving has become just another day of or not. Walmart is about to change that.

The retail giant announced that they would be closing their stores on Thanksgiving to allows associates time with their families. They also announced they would be paying out   to store, club, distribution center and fulfillment center associates.

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The corporate statement said, “Our associates have been working at an incredible pace, they’ve solved problems, and they’ve set an amazing example for others,” said John Furner, President and CEO of Walmart U.S. “To further appreciate their incredible work, we are pleased to share another special cash bonus this summer.”

The special bonuses will total approximately $428 million. The disbursement will be $300 for full-time hourly associates and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates. Drivers, Managers and Assistant Managers in stores, clubs, DCs, FCs and Health & Wellness will also receive a bonus.

Along with Walmart, sister company Sam's Club will also be closed on Thanksgiving this year. “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 Furner. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”

Both Walmart and Sam's Club will operate normal hours on Wednesday, November 25. Information for store and club hours on Friday, November 27, will be announced  at a later date.

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