For the first time in 30 years, Walmart has announced that they will be closing their doors on Thanksgiving Day! Walmart has kept their stores open on the holiday since the late 1980s. As COVID-19 cases are on the rise around the US, retailers are thinking strategically about their holiday plans, with concerns over having crowds in stores.
This leads to major speculation about WHAT Black Friday will look like this year after it has changed so much in the last decade or so.
My guess is many more offers will be moving online in order to avoid lots of people in lines and in stores vying for the doorbuster deals.
And if Walmart does this I think other major retailers will follow suit — closing their stores on Thanksgiving Day to give their essential workers a much needed break and to avoid exposing shoppers to crowded stores.
“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,” John Furner, CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement.