For more than a decade, the Friday after Thanksgiving has marked the official start of the holiday shopping season.
Each year, stores such as Macy’s and Target opened earlier and earlier — even at the stroke of midnight — to get a jump on the competition. But increasingly, the kickoff is happening on Thanksgiving evening, just as most people are finishing their turkey feast.
This year, Macy’s, J.C. Penney and Staples will open on Thanksgiving for the first time. Best Buy, Kohl’s, Sears, Sports Authority, Target, Toys R Us and Walmart also will open on Thanksgiving evening.
Kmart will open on Thanksgiving morning and remain open for 41 hours, until 11 p.m. Friday. Gap Inc., which owns Old Navy, Gap and Banana Republic, plans to have about 1,300 stores open at various hours on Thanksgiving day.
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