The decision was made to thank employees for their hard work this year.

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Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year. It's become such a big day for major retailers that many open their doors the day before for those looking to get a head start on their holiday shopping. However, Walmart won't be one of the places open on November 25. The corporation recently announced that all locations would be closed on Thanksgiving Day in 2021.

Walmart revealed the announcement in a news release that also notes that every Sam's Club store will also be closed on turkey day. (Walmart Inc. owns both Walmart and Sam's Club.) The release notes that all locations for both companies will be opened on Wednesday, November 24. However, the hours for Friday, November 26, which is Black Friday, will be announced later this year.

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"Closing our stores on Thanksgiving Day is one way we’re saying ‘thank you’ to our teams for their dedication and hard work this year," Dacona Smith, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Walmart U.S, says in the release. "We hope everyone will take the opportunity to be with their loved ones during what’s always a special time.

This is the second year that Walmart has decided to close its doors on turkey day. (The first Thanksgiving the superstore wasn't open was in 2020, so maybe this is the new schedule.) If you feel like you must shop on November 25, you can add items to your cart online on Walmart's website.

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