Walmart stores to be shut on Thanksgiving

A woman loads groceries into her vehicle at a Walmart store in Pearl, Miss. Walmart announced that its stores will be closed Thanksgiving Day. 
(AP file photo)

Walmart Inc. will once again close its stores on Thanksgiving, the company said Wednesday.

John Furner, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S., said in a video message on his LinkedIn page that "Thanksgiving is a special day, and we want our store associates to have the chance to spend it with their families and loved ones."

The Bentonville-based retailer traditionally kept its doors open on Thanksgiving until 2020, when Walmart said it would close on that day to give a break to employees who had worked hard through the pandemic.

Walmart has closed on Thanksgiving since then. However, it typically opens early for Black Friday sales, which start even earlier on

Many stores will be closed for the holiday, including Dillard's Inc., Target, Kohl's, Best Buy, JCPenney, Costco, Lowe's, Home Depot, Barnes & Noble, PetSmart, Old Navy, Michael's, Ulta and Belk, to name just a few.