In an attempt to prevent long lines of shoppers standing outside and the ultimate "mad dash" for deals, Walmart will open for shoppers at 7 a.m., Thursday, and remain open until midnight Friday, with holiday special "in-store" buys available from 5-11 a.m., Friday morning.
According to information provided by Walmart representatives, the new store hours and store-specific safety plans for all of the company's stores in the United States were developed in consultation with leading safety experts in the sports and entertainment industries after a deadly stampede tragically killed an employee last year at a New York store.
The safety plans address changes in how customers will enter or exit, the placement and customer flow around promotional merchandise and customer service at the checkout aisles.
In a press release issued last week, the world's largest retailer stated, "We are committed to looking for ways to make our stores even safer for our customers and associates this holiday season. We are confident our customers can look forward to a safe and enjoyable shopping experience at Walmart."