Sears Will Open On Thanksgiving Then Close For Five Hours

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For every retailer like REI, hhgregg, and TJMaxx that proudly announces they are bucking the trend of opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day, there’s a counterpart sticking to its guns and opening to holiday shoppers on an actual holiday. To that end: Sears will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

CNBC reports that for the fourth year in a row, Sears will allow shoppers sick of turkey and stuffing to start their holiday shopping lists ahead of Black Friday.

The retailer will open many most of its stores at 6 p.m. Thursday before closing them at midnight.

After the brief reprieve — perhaps to restock and rest employees — the department stores will reopen at 5 a.m. Friday. CNBC reports that the retailer subscribed to a similar game plan last year, but allowed shoppers to checkout until 2 a.m. before closing for a few hours.

“We’ve opened our doors on Thanksgiving Day for the past four years based on feedback from Shop Your Way members, who seek more flexible holiday in-store shopping times and are eager to shop doorbuster deals,” Joelle Maher, Sears’ president and chief member officer, told CNBC.

Maher noted that the company believes it has come up with the best plan to accommodate its customers needs, and that of the business.

Sears is just the latest retailer to announce Thanksgiving Day shopping. Macy’s and Toys “R” Us previously said they would own on the holiday.

Other retailers like Staples, BJ’s, hhgregg, TJMaxx, and Nordstrom Rack have made sure everyone knows they aren’t open on the big day.

Sears will open its stores on Thanksgiving Day [CNBC]

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