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Black Thursday is the New Black Friday

 by Ruth Schneider   Posted on October 30 2013

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It's not even November yet -- heck, it's not even Halloween -- but major retailers are already giddy about Black Friday. So giddy, a number of stores already announced they plan to be open on Thanksgiving Day.

If you are planning to work off your holiday meal in shopping malls Thursday night, there are plenty of stores open to walk off your tryptophan-induced food coma.

For the first time in its 155-year history, Macy's store is opening on Thanksgiving evening, after the annual parade. Last year and in 2011, the store opened at midnight, Friday morning.

The store is urging customers to come in "after families across the country have finished their holiday meals and celebrations," according to a press release.

JC Penney plans to open its doors at 8 pm Thanksgiving evening and won't close again for another 25 hours, until 9 pm Friday night. Last year, the store waited until Friday morning to open.

"Obviously, we were one of the last to open (last year)," Tony Bartlett, Penney's executive vice president of stores told USA Today."(This year) we're all in."

Kohl's also will be open at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day -- staying open for 28 consecutive hours, according to a press release. This year they are adding an iPhone app with additional deals, increasing the mobile shopping effort.

It's unclear whether the Black Thursday events will change store's traditional Friday morning doorbuster deals.

Other stores that are typically open Thanksgiving Day include Toys R Us, Best Buy, Target and Walmart, although none of the three have yet announced plans. Based on past years, the stores are likely to open between 8pm and 9pm on turkey day.

Of course, you don't have to go. There's a movement to keep Thanksgiving a family affair and keep the shopping until after the holidays. Last year, more than 200,000 people signed a petition asking major retailers to give employees the day off to be with family.

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