Office Depot Will Open For 3 Hours On Thanksgiving Day

In another blow for that holiday that we used to call “Thanksgiving,” the newly merged Office Depot and OfficeMax will open for a few hours on Thanksgiving Day, delivering doorbusters to the masses from 6 PM to 9 PM, closing again until 12:01 AM on Friday.

By opening their doors at 6, the office store (which we cannot stop calling OfficeDepotMax, even though the combined company is doing business as Office Depot) joins Target and malls owned by Pyramid Management.

There are three states and one territory where the chain has stores that won’t be open on the holiday because that’s prohibited by law: you’re out of luck if you want to avoid your family by getting in line for a $180 Dell Inspiron in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and Puerto Rico. The chain also warns dedicated shoppers to check with their local stores, because the hours that each is open may vary.

As far as Thanksgiving Day retail strategies go, this is not evil like opening at 6 AM and staying open for 42 hours straight, but it does mean that employees will have to disrupt their afternoons to come in well before 6 to stock shelves and set up for the sale event.