August 1, 2014
Macy’s confirmed Monday that its 750 department stores nationwide will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night, breaking a 155-year tradition of remaining closed for the holiday.
The company said customers wanted the convenience of extra hours to shop.
“Our customers really seem to like having the opportunity that, once Thanksgiving dinner is over, to come on over and start their holiday shopping,” company spokeswoman Andrea Schwartz told the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Sun-Times reported Sunday that employees at three Macy’s stores had said they were told to be ready to report to work on Thanksgiving.
Employees volunteered to work on Thanksgiving, and Schwartz said there should be enough volunteers to keep from requiring employees to work that night.
“We have a lot of associates who love this,” she said, declining to say whether the employees make more money for working the holiday.
The stores will stay open from 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night until 10 p.m. Friday night — the all-important “Black Friday” deal-buster day that kicks off the holiday season. Stores will reopen at 7 a.m. Saturday and close at the regular time on Saturday, usually 9 p.m., Schwartz said.
Deal-buster promotions are slated from 8 p.m. Thanksgiving through 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and again from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30, Macy’s said in a news release.
The doorbusters include 3/8th carat diamond stud earrings in a 14 carat white gold setting for $169; a $49.99 Sharper Image action camera, and 30 percent off Impulse clothing by Lucky Brand, Miss Me, Kensie, Bar III and Rachel by Rachel Roy.
For the past two years, Macy’s has opened its stores nationwide at midnight on Thanksgiving to compete with retailers that opened at least part of Thanksgiving Day, such as Wal-Mart, Gap, Kmart, Sears, Old Navy, Target and Toys R Us.
Experts say shoppers will be stingy and go for deep discounts this holiday, with forecasters predicting a 2 percent to 3 percent sales gain from last year.