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Walmart Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2023, Here’s Why

Walmart Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2023, Here’s Why

Retailing giant Walmart has officially announced that for the fourth year in a row, it will be closing its doors for Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23). 

The company’s CEO, John Furner took to X (formerly Twitter) last month to confirm the big news. “Once again, we’ll be closing our stores for Thanksgiving this year,” he wrote. Furner also stated that Thanksgiving is a special day during a very busy season for the store. 

“We want you to spend that day at home with family and loved ones,” he continued. “Whether it’s eating a great meal, watching some football, or whatever your traditions are.”

The Walmart CEO went on to declare that he and the company have so much to be thankful for this year. “I’m especially thankful for the opportunity to work with you.” 

Walmart first started closing its stores on Thanksgiving Day during the 2020 holiday season. The decision was heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, the company has continuously made the decision to close its doors on the holiday so that its employees can be with their families during the day. The company’s locations will be opening for Black Friday (Nov. 24) at 6 a.m. 

Walmart Announces Parcel Stations to Speed Up Delivery

Just before the holidays officially begin, Walmart announced it will be opening parcel stations in its locations to help speed up the delivery process. 

In a statement, Senior VP of Transporation and Delivery in Walmart U.S., Jennifer McKeehan, revealed that with 4,700 stores located within 10 miles of 90% of the U.S. population, it has a “unique ability” to serve customers quickly.

“As we continue growing our omnichannel fulfillment capabilities, I’m excited to share what’s next,” she explained. “Adding parcel stations to our hubs. Parcel stations help us move goods even faster to a customer’s home by using our Private Fleet to transport more online orders.”

McKeehan said packages originate in the Walmart fulfillment centers. They will move to a sortation center or directly to stores, where they are then delivered to a customer’s home. This system will use the company’s last-minute delivery network. “In many ways, you can think of a parcel station like a mini post office that receives and delivers packages.”

McKeehan added that Walmart will have over 40 parcel stations in stores by the end of the year, with many operating now in time for the holiday shopping season. “We plan to expand this capability to other locations next year as we better serve customers with speed, accuracy, and reliability. As we do, we’ll not only enhance the way we serve Walmart customers but also other businesses with Walmart GoLocal.”