DETROIT - Attention Holiday Shoppers! Sears and Kmart will both be open on Thanksgiving this year. The hours of operation will vary slightly, but there will be plenty of time for you to start, or finish, working on that list of holiday gifts.
While Kmart stores have been open for 21 years, this will be just the second time Sears will be open on the actual holiday. It's probably a bummer for employees, but Sears tries to take some of the sting out of working the holiday.
"We understand that many of our associates want to spend time with their families on the holiday, so Sears and Kmart will staff its stores with seasonal associates and those who have volunteered to work on Thanksgiving Day," said Ron Boire executive vice-president, chief merchandising officer, and president.
Sears stores will open at 8 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day and stay open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. there will be two rounds of doorbusters, one when doors open at 8 p.m. on Thursday, and another Friday starting at 4 a.m.
Kmart stores will be open Thursday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Then, the stores will reopen at 5 a.m. on Black Friday and stay open until 11 p.m. Both retailers will be closed on Christmas Day.
Earlier this season, Kmart and Sears also announced free layaway until Nov. 21, at Kmart, and Nov. 2 to Dec. 3 at Sears. Additionally, customers can now shop layaway online and take advantage of Kmart and Sears new ship-to-home feature on all layaway items.
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