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Retail Giants Open On Thanksgiving

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The lines have become blurred between family traditions on Thanksgiving and getting the good deals before everyone else to kick off the holiday shopping season.  National Retail Federation’s Ana Serafin Smith says many stores are opening earlier on Thanksgiving.  It all started with one retail giant.

According to best-black-Friday-dot-com, 38 retail chains will be open Thursday.  They include Best Buy, Gamestop, JcPenney,’s, Sears and numerous others.  The four Louisiana K-Marts are expected to open as early as 6am.  Most other retailers will remain closed until early afternoon.  Smith says the consumer demands it and retail will answer.

Surveys show more consumers are expected to shop online this year compared to shopping at brick and mortar stores.  Smith says for some shoppers there’s a great attraction to shopping on Thanksgiving night.