- The Washington Times - Monday, November 3, 2014

In an effort to grab early Black Friday shoppers before Thanksgiving dinner has even been served, general merchandise retailer Kmart Monday announced plans to open the store at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, according to Food World News, and stay open until the following midnight.

“This holiday season is all about giving more to our members, and because many like to start shopping well before Black Friday, we’re excited to open our doors early on Thanksgiving and offer other early access opportunities for them to shop and save. I’d also like to especially thank our seasonal associates and those who have volunteered to share part of the day serving our members on Thanksgiving,” said Leena Munjal, senior vice president of Sears Holdings, which owns Kmart, said in a statement.

Also taking the “Friday” out of Black Friday, Sears stores will be opening on Thanksgiving, but not until 6 p.m. Those stores will remain open until “close of business” on Friday, Nov. 28. JCPenny is planning on cracking its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, hoping to get the jump on its closest competitors — Macy’s and Kohl’s — which are not opening until 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, reports Fortune.

Though many stores are following the trend of opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, some stores refuse the notion.

Warehouse chain Costco recently confirmed that it will not be open on Thanksgiving, reported liberal-leaning website thanksgiving/”>ThinkProgress.

“Our employees work especially hard during the holiday season, and we simply believe that they deserve the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving with their families,” a spokesperson told the site.

Similarly, warehouse chain BJ’s Wholesale Club will remain closed on Thanks giving out of respect for their workers.

“Consistent with our company values, BJ’s Wholesale Club will, once again, remain closed on Thanksgiving Day,” said Laura Sen, president and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club said in a statement. “To give our team a well-deserved holiday, our home office, 206 clubs and three distribution centers will be closed, allowing our 25,000 dedicated Team Members the time they deserve to celebrate all that they are grateful for in the company of family and friends.”

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