Walmart Extends Store Hours 24/7 for Holidays

By Brian Schultz

POMPANO BEACH, FL - OCTOBER 08:  A sign advertising $10 dollar toys is seen in the toy department of a Wal-Mart store October 8, 2009 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Wal-Mart stores, Inc. announced recently that it would be bringing back its $10 toys section in all stores as they gear up for the holiday shopping season and will expand its $10 holiday assortment this year to more than 100 toys.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Walmart has extended the hours in many of its Canadian stores during the month of December, including several in Manitoba.

What originally began as a pilot project a few years ago to leave stores open 24/7 during the holiday season has become normal, as consumers demand longer hours and shopping availability at their convenience.

The retail chain opened 193 of its 323 stores nationwide around the clock on Friday, including eight in Manitoba.

Winnipeg Walmart locations on Empress Street, Portage Avenue, McPhillips Street, Kenaston Boulevard, Regent Avenue and St. Mary’s Road will all operate 24 hours a day until closing time on Christmas Eve. The store in Selkirk will also be open around the clock, as well as the Brandon location.

Previously, the Regent Avenue store was used as a trial run to see how shoppers responded to shopping at all hours of the day. It proved to be one of the top-performing locations in the province following that period.