News Column

When Do Stores Open on Thanksgiving?

November 8, 2013

Mai Hoang, Yakima Herald-Republic

Nov. 08--More big-box retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year, making Turkey Day the kickoff for the busy holiday shopping season.

In the days leading up to the big day, I will provide news and tips to help you make the most of a busy holiday shopping season.

So to start, let's talk store hours.

For the early birds (or those who want to shop before preparing dinner), Kmart and Shopko open at 6 a.m. Old Navy will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reopen at 7 p.m.

If you prefer to wait until after you digest the big Thanksgiving feast, there are a handful of stores that will be opening in the evening.

One is Toys R Us, which was one of the first retailers to open on Thanksgiving when it started to become a trend. The toy retailer plans to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year, the earliest among the evening openings.

Most retailers will open later. Many, including Macy's, Sears, Kohl's, J.C. Penney and OfficeMax, will open at 8 p.m.

Target and Wal-Mart have not yet announced hours.

Last year, people started lining up at various stores Thanksgiving afternoon. With earlier openings, I expect we'll see lines form even earlier this year. How much earlier? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

--From now until Thanksgiving Day, Season of Shopping will run daily Yakima Herald-Republic with bits of holiday news, trends and trivia from business reporter Mai Hoang. Extended holiday shopping coverage can be found online at and at and


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