For the first time in its 155 year history, Macy’s will be open on Thanksgiving day for shoppers to get a early start at Black Friday shopping. Macy’s will be opening their doors at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day and will remain open for 24 straight hours.
“Black Friday is the biggest shopping event of the year and brings with it a level of fun and excitement to our customers around the nation,” Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer, said in a news release. “For Macy’s, it’s important to make this day enjoyable and convenient for everyone, as our customers search for great deals on favorite wish-list items. Shopping at Macy’s on Black Friday means having the opportunity to purchase the most sought-after products at unbelievable savings.”
For the past two years, Macy’s has opened its 800 stores nationwide at midnight following Thanksgiving. By breaking their tradition, Macy’s will be joining other retailers who open doors earlier and earlier every year during the Black Friday event.
Toys R Us decided to open at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving night two years ago. Then last year, it pushed its opening to 8 p.m. Retailers including Target, Walmart, Sears and Kmart all followed suit. They all opened at either 8 p.m. or 9 p.m. last year and stayed open through Black Friday.
Here’s a sneak peek at Macy’s top Black Friday doorbusters, available while supplies last. Shop for the following limited-time deals 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 through 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
1. $19.99 Rampage Boots
2. $39.99 Charter Club Cashmere Crewneck
3. $9.99 Your Choice Coffee Maker, Griddle, Waffle Maker, Rocket Blender,
Toaster, Slow Cooker, Deep Fryer, Panini Maker, Pressure Cooker, Blenders,
Toaster Oven and Skillet from Bella, Black & Decker and Westinghouse
(After $10 Rebate)
4. $169 3/8 ct. t.w. Diamond Studs in 14k White Gold
5. $49.99 Tag Fairfield III Five-piece Luggage Set
6. 60 percent off — plus an additional 10 percent off — all Martha Stewart
Collection Collector’s Enameled Cast Iron Casseroles
7. FREE 8-piece Deluxe Mini Scent Sampler with any $95 Fragrance purchase
8. Buy 1 American Rag Junior’s Sweater, Dress, Jean, Top or Coat and Get 1
Free of Equal or Lesser Value Than Purchased Item
9. $49.99 Sharper Image Action Camera
10. 30 percent off Impulse Contemporary Apparel from Kensie, Lucky Brand,
Miss Me, RACHEL Rachel Roy, Bar III and more.
Retailers say the earlier hours appeal to customers’ desire to shop following the family gatherings.
As competition intensifies between brick and mortar and online retailers, stores are opening earlier and earlier to be first to offer the best deals.
Experts say shoppers will be looking for steep discounts this holiday, with forecasters predicting a 2 percent to 3 percent sales gain from last year.
“It’s probably smart for Macy’s to be open” because of the competition and shoppers’ excitement about finding deals, said Britt Beemer, founder and chairman of America’s Research Group, based in Charleston, S.C.
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