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Holiday shopping
THANKSGIVING OPENINGS
Sears – 8 p.m.
Target – 9 p.m.
Jos. A. Bank – 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Kmart – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Meijer – 24-hour schedule, specials start at 6 a.m.
Walmart – 24-hour schedule, specials start at 8 p.m.
OPEN AT MIDNIGHT
Best Buy
Kohl’s
At Glenbrook Square:
American Eagle Outfitters
Bath & Body Works
Best Buy Mobile
Buckle
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Champs Sports
The Children’s Place
Claire’s
Crazy 8
deb
Discounted Guitars
Express
Foot Locker
Forever 21
got piercings?
Gymboree
Hairstylers
Hot Topic
Journeys
Journeys Kidz
Justice
Kirkland’s
Lady Foot Locker
Lane Bryant
Lids
Macy’s
Maurices
New York & Company
Nirvana
Payless ShoeSource
Piercing Pagoda
shi by Journeys
Spencer’s
Suncoast Motion Picture Co.
At Jefferson Pointe:
Aeropostale
American Eagle
Bath & Body Works
The Buckle
Charming Charlie
Claire’s
Clem’s Collectibles
GameStop
Justice
Old Navy
ULTA
Victoria’s Secret
White House Black Market
OPEN AT 6 A.M. FRIDAY
At Jefferson Pointe:
Apricot Lane
AVEDA
Bed Bath & Beyond
Chico’s
Christopher & Banks
CJ Banks
Jos. A. Bank
Loft
Talbots
Vera Bradley
At Glenbrook Square:
Barnes & Noble
J.C. Penney
Source: Shopping malls
and various retailers

Early openings, other gimmicks

Retailers are doing their best Monty Hall.

This holiday season, shoppers are being offered online price matching and various pre-Black Friday sales as retailers try to head off what is expected to be a conservative shopping period.

The Christmas creep – holiday sales starting sooner each year – is a trend not likely to go away, said Mike Brooks, general manager of Jefferson Pointe. Holiday shopping, which is supposed to top $580 billion this year, accounts for up to 40 percent of annual sales for some retailers, according to the National Retail Federation.

Brooks said he’s not surprised by store owners who are opening today when they’d usually be at home eating turkey.

“They’re trying to extend the season, and I understand that,” he said. “I think the jury is still out, though, on whether Thanksgiving will ever surpass Black Friday. Thanksgiving is a big family tradition when people come together.”

Maybe so, but that won’t stop some folks from making shopping as much a part of the day as eating.

The International Council of Shopping Centers reports that 41 million people will hit the stores today. Still, Black Friday is by far the busiest shopping day with 80.5 million people planning to buy merchandise.

The Consumer Electronics Association expects nearly a third of all gift spending will be on gadgets. Consumers plan to spend $252 on electronics this year, which is on par with $246 doled out last year.

pwyche@jg.net

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