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Target Corp. said this weekend that it will open at 8 pm on Thanksgiving, an hour earlier than it opened last Thanksgiving. The company said its stores will remain open all night, and close at 11 pm on Friday, November 29, commonly referred to as "Black Friday," the traditional beginning of the end-of-year holiday shopping season.

The Associated Press reports that "Target will also be offering hundreds of deals online on Thanksgiving morning that will include almost all deals that will be available in the store. In addition, the discounter said it will be feature 15 online-only daily discounts for two weeks beginning Sunday, Nov. 24."

Target is just the latest retailer to expand its holiday shopping season wither by opening earlier on Thanksgiving than in the past (Toys R Us, Best Buy) or opening on Thanksgiving for the first time (Macy's, JC Penney).
KC's View:
To some, this is a welcome development. It some, an inevitable trend. And to others, the end of western civilization.

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