Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but that hasn’t slowed the rush among big retailers to outdo one another on opening early for the Thanksgiving Day holiday.
Macy’s announced more than two weeks before Halloween that it will open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Roll up the page on your calendar and see that it’s not until Nov. 27.
Expect other major retailers to announce that they will open at least as early as Macy’s on Thanksgiving Day. It’s to try to capture a large share of the Christmas shopping dollars, which help to reduce inventory and buoy businesses’ end of the year receipts.
Family togetherness time for a great meal, parades, football and even the traditional Plaza Lighting Ceremony on Thanksgiving Day in Kansas City are being pushed to the back burner. The loss is great.
Incredible sales and the urge to shop for many people override family ties. But that horse left the barn a long time ago, and it’s not likely to ever be corralled again.