Macy's To Open on Thanksgiving Day, First Time Ever, Then Go 24 Hours

So much for family-friendly retailing

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Macy's says it will open most of its stores for the first time on Thanksgiving, giving bargain-hungry shoppers an extra couple hours to cash in on Black Friday sales.The Cincinnati-based department store said Monday that its doors will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open for at least the next 24 hours straight.

The retailer said that 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.

With the announcement, Macy's joins a growing group of retailers - including Gap, Walmart, Sears and Target - who are kicking off Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day. Toys 'R' Us was one of the first major retailers to open on the holiday in 2011.

Macy's operates about 800 stores, 750 of which will be opening on the holiday.

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As a former business owner having stores in the malls since 1980 I don\'t know when enough is enough for these retailers. Even though there apparent bottom line is what is at stake here we all should boycott this action. When our stores were open, especially during the mall Christmas hours, we opened sometimes at 7 am and closed 11 or 12 at night, 7 days a week. Consideration of their employees to be able to stay at home and share thanksgiving with their families should be a kind and caring employer. This is just the next to last step on the rungs as next is \"Opening at Christmas Folks\". There is a retailer here in Pittsburgh called Levin Furniture Stores who wont even open his stores on Christmas Eve for even a couple hours in the morning so that his employees can share the Holidays and have a break from everyones Holiday hours. My hat is off to you Mr. Levin, owning multiple stores in several states. The dollars that you must lose keeping closed on that day must be astronomical. I admire that you place good employees ahead of the almighty dollar!!!

October 15 2013 at 10:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don' t usually waste my time because some nare-do-well will just take exception to what I say. However,
I think it's a moronic idea. Commerce is one thing but there is a point where we need to stop. The almighty dollar is not, contrary to public opinion , all that matters in this world. There's plenty of time to squander your money on purchasing things that people do not want for people you hardly know and that they will not remember by December 27th...........Keep the doors closed and let the people who are the backbone of this country enjoy one of the few days that they can be with family and/or friends..... The ruination of this country is the breakdown of the home........ My opinion...

October 14 2013 at 9:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ok. Great idea. Get a jump start on holiday shopping

October 14 2013 at 8:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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