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Target joins other stores opening early on Thanksgiving

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:07 p.m. HST, Nov 12, 2012

NEW YORK >> Target Corp. will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago, to kick off the holiday shopping season.

The discounter joins several other major retailers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., that are opening earlier in the evening on the holiday and staggering deals over the two-day period. Over the years, stores have been expanding their hours on Black Friday to get ahead of the competition, but the kickoff is increasingly happening right after shoppers finish their turkey feast.

"We thought long and hard about when the right opening time would be," said Kathee Tesija, Target's executive vice president of merchandising. She said that 9 p.m. struck "a perfect balance" for its customers.

Target, based in Minneapolis, plans to offer deals that include an Apex 32-inch LCD TV for $147 and a Nikon digital camera for $99.99 for the earlier opening. From 4 a.m. to noon, the next day, customers who spend $50 or more on clothing, accessories or home products will earn a $10 Target gift card to use toward a future purchase. Target is also preparing additional early morning specials, including Leapfrog Explorer software for $15.

Wal-Mart said last week it will begin its holiday sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, two hours earlier than last year. It then will have two more rounds of sales events including a 10 p.m. sale on electronics and another sale at 5 a.m. the next day.

Sears Holdings Corp. said its Sears stores will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and will stay open overnight until 10 p.m. Friday. Last year Sears stores were closed on Thanksgiving. The company's Kmart stores have been open on Thanksgiving for years.

Lord & Taylor's, which was closed on Thanksgiving last year, has decided to open its New York flagship on the holiday. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kohl's Corp. and Macy's Inc. will again throw open their doors at midnight, following Thanksgiving. J.C. Penney plans to announce its Black Friday promotions on Monday.

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kainalu wrote:
Essentially, these Corporations have taken the time-tested tradition of family gathering for Thanksgiving away. Shame on them ... and those multitudes that will sacrifice the family time to save a buck. I don't go out on Black Friday, let only Thanksgiving Day. Disgusting.
on November 12,2012 | 11:25AM
zhawaii wrote:
I feel sorry for all of the employees that will be working on Thanksgiving Day. I do not patronize these stores that value sales figures and profits over the happiness of the human beings that make their businesses run.
on November 12,2012 | 11:44AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Why not? Don't grumble, you lucky that you got a job. Everyone has the cash and the economy is doing great guns anyway. Who cares about the propaganda of the Conservatives scare tactic about the economic cliff? If there is a cliff and we have a depression, the Democrats will save the day by printing more money so the Unions can get higher raises to raise the living standards and cost of living. Hey, after all we could then probably get free TVs, cable, internet besides free cellular phones and there won't have anymore 1 %ers anymore we'll all be in the same bread lines. LOL
on November 12,2012 | 12:36PM
ssnevasail wrote:
Sears is a dead man walking. It's a shame that the once proud company has lost it's way, scrambling, grasping at anything others do, with no original initiatives is the desperate grabbing at anything to stay afloat for another breath. Time to roll over and die.
on November 12,2012 | 01:16PM
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