Walmart stores will be closed this Thanksgiving, the retailer announced Tuesday morning.
Walmart president and CEO John Furner announced stores will break from tradition and close for Thanksgiving, which usually is the start of the holiday shopping season and Black Friday weekend.
“We know holiday shopping will be different this year, and we will be managing sales events differently,” Furner said. “Our best ideas come from our associates, and this year we have decided to close our stores on Thanksgiving Day.
Walmart stores haven’t closed on Thanksgiving since the late 1980’s, according to the company.