Walmart Canada stores to open around the clock until Christmas Eve

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada today announced that it will operate 181 of its 314 stores nationwide around the clock in December. More than half of Walmart stores will open their doors on December 4 and leave them open until closing time on Christmas Eve.

For the last two years, Walmart Canada has offered 24-hour shopping during the Christmas shopping period. "Especially at Christmas, we recognize the need for extended hours," said Jim Thompson, Walmart Canada's senior vice president of operations. "For everyone from busy moms to shift workers, our flexible hours, one-stop shopping and every day low prices continue to make our Walmart stores a top destination for holiday shoppers year after year."

According to Walmart Canada sales data, the top three categories for Canadians shopping during the wee hours of the morning are:

    -   Electronics
    -   Dry groceries
    -   Candy snacks

"Our sales data illustrates customers are stocking up on everything from food staples to TVs and lots of midnight munchies," added Thompson. "Walmart's shopping marathon clearly appeals to customers of all types."

One or more Walmart stores in the following cities will operate 24-hours-a-day from December 4 until closing time on December 24, unless otherwise noted. Customers should confirm exact locations and schedules at online Friday, December 4.

Alberta: Airdrie; Calgary; Drayton Valley; Edmonton; Edson; Fort McMurray; Grande Prairie; Lethbridge; Medicine Hat; Okotoks; Red Deer; Sherwood Park; Spruce Grove; St. Albert; Strathmore; Wetaskiwin; Whitecourt.

British Columbia: Burnaby; Clearbrook; Courtenay; Dawson Creek; Duncan; Kamloops; Kelowna; Langford; Langley; Nanaimo; New Westminster; North Vancouver; Penticton; Port Alberni; Prince George; Quesnel; Surrey; Terrace; Vancouver; Vernon; Victoria; Westbank; Whiterock; Williams Lake.

Manitoba: Brandon; Flin Flon; Selkirk; Thompson; Transcona; Winnipeg.

New Brunswick: Bathurst (open Dec. 12-24); Fredericton (Dec. 7-24); Miramichi (open Dec. 12-24); Moncton (open Dec. 12-24); Saint John (Dec. 7-24).

Newfoundland: Carbonear (open Dec. 12-24); Clarenville (open Dec. 12-24); Corner Brook (open Dec. 12-24); Gander (open Dec. 12-24); Grand Falls (open Dec. 12-24); St. John's (open Dec. 12-24).

Nova Scotia: Amherst (open Dec. 12-24); Bridgewater (open Dec. 12-24); Dartmouth; Halifax (open Dec. 12-24); New Glasgow (open Dec. 12-24); New Minas (open Dec. 12-24); Sackville (open Dec. 12-24); Sydney (open Dec. 12-24); Truro (open Dec. 12-24).

Ontario: Agincourt; Ajax; Aurora; Barrhaven; Barrie; Belleville; Bolton; Bradford; Brampton; Brantford; Brockville; Burlington; Cambridge; Chatham; Cobourg; Cornwall; Dryden; Etobicoke; Fort Erie; Fort Frances; Guelph; Kanata; Kenora; Kingston; Kitchener; Leamington; London; Markham; Meadowvale; Midland; Milton; Mississauga; Napanee; Newmarket; Niagara Falls; North Bay; Oakville; Orangeville; Orillia; Orleans; Oshawa; Ottawa; Owen Sound; Pembroke; Peterborough; Pickering; Richmond Hill; Sarnia; Scarborough; Simcoe, St. Catharines; St. Thomas; Stouffville; Thornhill; Thunder Bay; Timmins; Toronto; Trenton; Uxbridge; Vaughan; Waterloo; Welland; Whitby; Windsor; Woodstock.

Prince Edward Island (open Dec. 12-24): Charlottetown; Summerside.

Saskatchewan: Moose Jaw; North Battleford; Prince Albert; Regina; Saskatoon; Swift Current.

About Walmart Canada

Walmart Canada serves more than one million Canadians each day in 314 stores nationwide. With 82,000 associates, the company is the nation's third-largest employer. The retailer also operates one of Canada's strongest community involvement programs focused on supporting national and local charities in every region of the country.

SOURCE Walmart Canada

For further information: For further information: and to arrange interviews with store or company representatives: Felicia Fefer, Corporate Affairs, Walmart Canada, (905) 821-2111, ext. 4466

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