Macy’s to open an hour earlier on Thanksgiving

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2011 file photo, the outside of a Macy's store is shown in Dallas.  Macy's cut its profit outlook and CEO Terry Lundgren said markdowns are likely as a convergence of factors lead to a high inventory of goods for retailers.  Shares of Macy's Inc. plunged more than 10 percent at the opening bell Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2011 file photo, the outside of a Macy's store is shown in Dallas. Macy's cut its profit outlook and CEO Terry Lundgren said markdowns are likely as a convergence of factors lead to a high inventory of goods for retailers. Shares of Macy's Inc. plunged more than 10 percent at the opening bell Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

NEW YORK (AP) – Macy’s is staying committed to Thanksgiving Day shopping, saying it’ll open an hour earlier this year.

The company plans to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, close at 2 a.m., and reopen at 5 a.m. Friday.

The department store has been open on Thanksgiving evening since 2013, but remained open through the night.

Several other stores as well as the Mall of America and mall operator CBL & Associates have decided to close for Thanksgiving. They say they wanted to give back the day to employees. Many also say it doesn’t make good business sense.

The Friday after Thanksgiving had long served as the official kickoff to holiday shopping. But over the past few years, more stores were open on Thanksgiving itself to lure early shoppers and amid online competition.

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