Why does Walmart open on Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for retailers. Similar to restaurants, gas stations and airlines, we are part of the service industry and remain open as a service to our customers on Thanksgiving. As the largest grocer in the U.S., we are open for customers needing their forgotten pie crusts, a prescription filled, gas for their car, etc.

Associates receive PTO for Thanksgiving that they can use however they want, including the option to have that time cashed out at the end of the year. We also offer associates a 15 percent discount on top of the regular 10 percent discount, for a total of 25 percent off one basket of goods.