Sears Holdings (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) announced it will open its Sears stores from 7 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving and offer special shopping deals, reports CNBC.com. This would mark the first time Sears will be open during the holiday in the 85 years it has operated retail locations.
Discount retailer Kmart, also a unit of parent company Sears Holdings, has been opening on Thanksgiving for nearly two decades.
Historically, the day after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday," was the official start of the holiday shopping season, with its "doorbuster" deals and bargain-hungry crowds. The impact of online shopping and cautious consumers has led to many retailers offering discounts earlier and earlier each year.