The holiday season is supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” at least according to the Christmas song made famous by singer Andy Williams.
But there are likely retail employees who would disagree, especially those who are required to work on Thanksgiving.
In recent years, many retailers have opted to start the frenetic holiday shopping season one day early, on Thanksgiving, rather than waiting for Black Friday.
According to 24/7 Wall St., those retailers are “looking for an edge in the ultra-competitive landscape.” The National Retail Federation expects a big holiday season this year, with sales expected to rise 4.1 percent from 2013, 24/7 Wall St. said.
Hoping to draw in some early holiday shopping dollars, these eight stores are open for business on Thanksgiving, 24/7 Wall St. said:
- Macy’s. Opens at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than in 2013.
- Walmart. Walmart is always open on Thanksgiving, but the holiday doorbusters begin at 6 p.m. this year, same as last year.
- Sears Holdings. Kmart and Sears plan to open to shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
- Staples. The office supply store will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
- Kohl’s. Opens at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than in 2013.
- J.C. Penney. Opens at 5 p.m., three hours earlier than last year.
- Toys R Us. Opens at 5 p.m.
- Target. Opens at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than last year.
24/7 Wall St. said these 10 stores have announced they will be closed on Thanksgiving, allowing their employees (and shoppers) to spend the holiday with their loved ones:
- Sam’s Club.
- BJ’s Wholesale Club.
- The TJX Companies – T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods.
- Home Depot.
- Barnes & Noble.
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