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Macy’s to open Thanksgiving for 1st time

Published: Tue, October 15, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press


Macy’s Inc. says it will open most of its stores for the first time on Thanksgiving, breaking a long-standing tradition for the venerable retailer.

In a release issued late Monday, the Cincinnati-based chain said it will open its doors at 8 p.m. on that day and will remain open for 24 hours straight until the close of business Friday, which is usually about 10 p.m. Last year, the chain opened its doors at midnight right after the holiday. The department-store chain cited increasing demand from shoppers for the earlier opening.

The move comes as Macy’s faces growing pressure from rival stores and online merchants who are pushing deals on the holiday. Over the years, stores have been expanding their hours on the day after Thanksgiving to get ahead of the competition, but the kickoff increasingly is happening right after shoppers finish their turkey feast.

Last year, Target Corp. opened its doors at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than the previous year. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, began the early-bird specials at 8 p.m., two hours earlier than in 2011.

A growing number of mall-based clothing stores such as Gap have opened their doors on Thanksgiving Day.

Target, Wal-Mart and Gap have not yet announced their plans for the Thanksgiving weekend.


1myogi(3 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This country has sure gotten greedy. What happened to business's being closed on Sunday's and especially holidays? Nobody cares anymore about anything except money. I'm sorry for the employees that have to work on those days.

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2redeye1(5661 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Myogi Pretty soon we won't any holidays and the people will be B!%chin about it. Oh well , as the saying goes "you reap what you sow" I blame the stupid people who think they are getting a bargain at these so-called sales when they are not. If idiots didn't show up , they wouldn't happen. As far as the people working this sales , why don't they just stay home that night, but they won't . This country has become a country of spineless fools.

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