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What was the first store to open on Thanksgiving Day instead of Black Friday?
Nationally, it was not just one store to have Black Friday sales start on Thanksgiving.
The progression of opening up earlier and earlier officially broke through to Thanksgiving Day for some big-box stores in 2012, according to CNN.
While Walmart took the brunt of the outrage that year after announcing it would begin Black Friday deals at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, it was not the only major retailer to do so.
Target opened its doors at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, and Sears and Toys ‘R Us matched Walmart’s 8 p.m. opening.
The move was part of a gradual creep of Black Friday stores opening earlier and was done in an effort to boost holiday sales, according to Reuters.
Since 2012, the list of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day has grown dramatically.
Walmart, while open all day, no longer has the earliest Black Friday sales. The retail giant will not begin offering its deals, including a 40-inch TV for $99 or Sony PS4s for $199, in store until 6 p.m. Thursday.
Target will open its doors at 5 p.m. Thursday, and J.C. Penney opens at 2 p.m. Thursday, according to USA Today.
Beating them all out, however, is Kmart, which will be open at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, and Dollar General is slated to open an hour later, according to USA Today.
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