For the last few years, all we've heard about regarding stores being open on Thanksgiving, is that a lot of people don't want that.  Well, some do for at least part of the day, and some feel that all stores should be closed for the entire day and reopening for Black Friday early in the morning.

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Looks like for the first time in 30 years, Walmart will be closed this coming Thanksgiving Day.

“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,” said John Furner, President and CEO of Walmart U.S. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”

This will include all Walmart stores and Sam's Club.  There will be normal hours for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  As far as when people can expect to jump on Black Friday deals, that has still not been announced.  I'm sure it will be early in the morning on Friday, but as for the exact time, that hasn't been announced.

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And some good news for employees of Walmart and Sam's Club, looks like associates will be getting some sort of a bonus... basically hazard pay.

The bonus will be $300 for full-time hourly workers and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates.

At least it's something.   But it also looks like you need to be employed by a certain time in order to be eligible for the extra bonus.  Drivers and managers will also get a bonus, no word on what that amount will be, but they will also have to meet the eligibility requirements.