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Area Stores Offering Early Start To Christmas Shopping

Reported by: Send eMail Jeff Morris
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Taisha Walker, Chris Swope
Reported: Nov. 5, 2013 11:11 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 1:28 PM EST

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Early Christmas Shopping
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

Before you even think about stuffing the Thanksgiving turkey, retailers want you to start thinking about Christmas.

The Charleston Town Center already has its ornaments up at the mall, and it will open all its stores at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28,, said Lisa McCracken, marketing director at the mall. On Black Friday, the mall will remain open until 10 p.m.

At the Huntington Mall, the mall opens officially at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 28, but some anchor stores will open at 8 p.m., Marketing Director Margi McDuff said. She said those anchor stores opening at 8 p.m. that day are JCPenney, Sears, Elder-Beerman and Kohl’s. Dick’s Sporting Goods will not open there until midnight.

McDuff said the Huntington Mall’s doors will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to accommodate the early opening of the anchor stores. She said some other stores in the mall will take the lead from the anchor stores and also open at 8 p.m., while others will wait until the official mall opening at midnight.

On Black Friday, Nov. 29, the Huntington Mall will remain open from midnight until 10 p.m. Holiday hours continue Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Hours will then vary until Christmas, either 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check the mall’s website for hours
here

The marketing director said this is the earliest opening she can recall for anchor stores on Thanksgiving Day. Last year, she said the opening time was midnight.

“You have some customers saying it’s awful, you shouldn’t be opening on Thanksgiving Day. Others can’t wait to start their Thanksgiving meal and start shopping early,” McDuff said.

Toys R Us across the nation are opening at 5 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

To check out more store hours for other retailers, visit text



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