By Molly Gamble | November 16, 2023

Walgreens will close locations outside of its 24-hour stores on Thanksgiving Day — a first for the company announced weeks after pharmacists at U.S. drugstore chains staged a walkout.

“We have consistently heard from our team members — who are the face of Walgreens — that time off is a meaningful way for us to demonstrate we value them,” Tracey Brown, Walgreens’ chief customer officer and president of retail said in the Nov. 16 announcement shared with Becker’s. “We heard them, are committed to listening to their feedback and are dedicated to doing what is right for them. We hope they can enjoy the holiday and spend time with their loved ones.”

Walgreens operates more than 8,700 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states.