Macy’s Opening On Thanksgiving? Retail Giant Appears To Be Breaking With 155-Year Tradition

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A shopper carries a purchase from Macy’s along the Magnificent Mile shopping district on August 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Retail giant Macy’s appears poised to open its doors on Thanksgiving for the first time in its 155-year history, according to multiple reports the company has as yet declined to confirm.

The Chicago Sun-Times first reported Sunday, according to five employees of the Macy’s store at 111 N. State St. in Chicago, the flagship Chicago store will be opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, per a memo they received.

Employees at both the Water Tower Place and the Old Orchard mall in suburban Skokie also told the Sun-Times they have been informed their stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Meanwhile, TIME reports, two Macy’s employees at the Herald Square store in New York City also said they have been told their location will be opening at Thanksgiving night.

For its part, Macy’s is not confirming plans to open on Thanksgiving and said they will announce their Thanksgiving scheduling plans soon, CBS Chicago reports.

In the past, Macy’s has opened at midnight on Thanksgiving night, but many major retailers continue to participate in a “holiday creep” that is sending Black Friday openings earlier and earlier, forcing their competitors to follow suit. In the last two years, Toys R Us, Target, Sears and Kmart are among those that have opened on Thanksgiving night.

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