LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Is Walmart open on Christmas Day 2011? Walmart, Target and Dunkin’ Donuts on Christmas Day December 25 are generally three of the most sought after U.S. retailers to be visited. But this year, only one of three are open. Walmart tells news this week that it be closed on Christmas Day 2011. Target is also closed on December 25. But some Dunkin’ Donuts stores will be open.
Since LALATE began reporting news about Walmart three years ago, the popular retailer has consistently remained closed on Christmas Day. In 2011, many retailers changed their policies. Some drew news coverage as employees fumed that their employers would be requiring them work on Christmas Day. But that is not the case for Walmart or Target.
Both Walmart and Target will be closed today on Christmas Day along with competing retailers like JCPenney and Best Buy. But among fast food establishments, Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks tells news that most of the locations will be at least partially open today December 2.
As reported here since 2009, most retailers tell news annually that Christmas Day serves as a time for employees to spend time with their families while relaxing before the rush of the after-Christmas sales. In contrast, other retailers in comparable genres – Walgreens and Rite-Aid – are traditionally open partially on Christmas Day.
For Walmart, however, this year has culminated a season of giving to others. In a news statement on Thursday, Walmart confirmed the conclusion of its 12 Days of Giving. Walmart told news “Over the last twelve consecutive days, Walmart awarded a total of $1.5 million to 145 organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.”
Julie Gehrki, senior director at the Walmart Foundation, tells news “Every community needs a hero—someone who is willing to take extraordinary and selfless action to help those in need”. She added “We are honored to give these inspirational community heroes the recognition they deserve and do a small part to help them achieve their mission.”
Target also confirms to news its spirit of helping others this holiday season. On December 6, Target gave $25,000 in monetary support to assist with Thailand flooding relief efforts. “When disaster strikes, Target listens and acts to support those in need,” said Gregg Steinhafel, Chairman, President and CEO, Target. “Our thoughts are with those affected and we hope our donation will aid in recovery efforts.”
Target tells news that the donation culminated an entire year of helping relief efforts worldwide. “This year, Target has given more than $1.2 million in disaster relief aid to nonprofits that distribute funds where support is most urgently needed.”