Forget The Stuffing! Macy’s Will Open On Thanksgiving Day For First Time

October 16, 2013  |  

Hold onto your turkey drumstick — Macy’s will open most of its stores for the first time ever on Thanksgiving. This means shoppers will have a few extra hours to cash in on Black Friday sales. It also means that usual Thanksgiving activities — lounging on the couch while the turkey cooks, talking with family and friends over a glass of wine — will be preempted in order to go shopping.

Macy’s, which is based in Cincinnati,  said that its doors will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open for at least the next 24 hours straight. According to the retailer, the earlier hours are “in response to interest from customers who prefer to start their shopping early.”

“Another factor was rival department store Lord & Taylor, which opened its flagship Manhattan store at 10 a.m. last Thanksgiving to take advantage of crowds gathered for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, The New York Post reported (via Business Insider).

Many other stores, such as the Gap, Walmart, Sears and Target, are kicking off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. Toys ‘R’ Us was one of the first major retailers to make this move back in 2011. Of Macy’s 800 stores, 750 of which will be open on the holiday.

Retailers have taken a lot of heat from employees and their advocates for opening on Thanksgiving and forcing them to cut short their time with family and friends on the holiday. No doubt, this move will fuel further protest.

Will you be shopping on Thanksgiving?

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