While several big store chains like Walmart and Best Buy are open this Thanksgiving to capitalize on the Black Friday frenzy, some retailers will remain closed.
Costco is one of only a handful of chains keeping the doors closed on the holiday.
We checked with local Ross Dress For Less and TJ Maxx stores and have learned those stores will also remain closed on Thanksgiving Day. They open early on the day after for Black Friday.
Walmart announced this week stores will have two big sales on Thankgiving Day, starting at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than last year, and that most of the stores will remain open 24 hours. The local stores we checked with reported they will be open 24 hours.
According to the Belk website, its stores will be open from 8 p.m. Thanksgiving through 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
Other chains opening earlier this Thanksgiving include Toys R Us, Target and Best Buy.
Many Best Buy stores are slated to open on the holiday at 6 p.m. and stay open until 10 p.m. Friday.
Target announced its stores will open at 8 p.m., which is when Kohl's stores are expected to open. Toys R Us stores are slated to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
It's the first time in Macy's history, the chain will open on Thanksgiving Day. Stores are scheduled to open at 8 p.m. on the holiday.
Sears stores are slated to open at 8 p.m. on turkey day through 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Kmart stores are scheduled to open the doors on Thanksgiving at 6 a.m., not shutting those doors until 11 p.m. on Friday.
JCPenney also announced its stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, while Old Navy is slated to open at 9 a.m.
The Greenville Mall's website shows the mall will open at midnight after Thanksgiving Day. (12:00 a.m. on Friday, December 29th) (As noted above, some stores in the mall, like Belk and JCPenney, will open earlier on Thanksgiving Day.)
The New Bern Mall's website states "mall stores begin opening" at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving as we know it may be coming to an end.
Black Friday shopping, the annual rite of passage on the day after Thanksgiving, continues to creep further into the holiday as more stores open their doors a day early.
It's a break with tradition. Black Friday, which typically is the year's biggest shopping day, for a decade has been considered the official start to the busy holiday buying season. Stores open in the wee hours of the morning with special deals called doorbusters and stay open late into the evening. Thanksgiving and Christmas remained the only two days a year that stores were closed.
But Thanksgiving is slowly becoming just another shopping day. Wal-Mart, Macy's and Best Buy are among at least a dozen major retailers opening on Thanksgiving.
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