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Macy’s to break with tradition, open Thanksgiving at 8 p.m.: employees

Macy's department store under construction at Gurnee Mills with opening on July 24, 2013. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

Macy's will open Thanksgiving night.  |  File photo

Macy's will be joining other department stores trying to entice Black Friday shoppers by opening Thanksgiving night. According to the Chicago Sun-Times

"Macy’s will break a 155-year tradition of staying closed on Thanksgiving Day this holiday by opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, employees at some Chicago-area stores said Sunday.

The department store will remain open for 24 straight hours, according to five employees at Macy’s flagship store at 111 N. State St. All of them said their bosses had told them to be prepared to work that night; one employee said she received a memo Thursday stating the store would open on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m."

Macy’s employees at Water Tower Place and Westfield Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie also said those stores open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, but they did not know how long the hours extended.

By doing so, Macy’s joins a growing list of retailers getting a jump on “Black Friday” sales that kick off the Christmas season. As much as three-quarters of some retailers’ sales occur during the winter holidays."

[Read the full story at Chicago Sun-Times]

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