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Walmart located on Arsenal Street, Watertown. Lauren Miller/Watertown Daily Times

Walmart announced Tuesday that its stores will be closed on Thanksgiving this year in an effort to thank its employees for their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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 US. “We are certainly thankful to our people for all of their efforts.”

The company’s Sam’s Club locations will be closed again on Thanksgiving as well. The stores will operate normal hours on the Wednesday before the holiday, and hours on the Friday afterward will be shared at a later date.

Walmart also announced Tuesday that it is paying out another cash bonus of $300 to full-time associates and $150 for part-time hourly and temporary associates. Associates employed by the company as of July 31 will qualify and the pay-out is set to be on Aug. 20. This is the third bonus Walmart has given to associates in 2020, totaling $1.1 billion in bonuses so far this year.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic, I’ve been so proud to see how our associates have pulled together to take care of each other and our members,” said Kathryn McLay, president and CEO of Sam’s Club. “These are extraordinary times, and our associates have lifted each other up in extraordinary ways, and we are so grateful.”

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Thank you. Who shops on Thanksgiving anyway?

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