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• Albertsons yesterday announced the completion of a $4.8 million renovation of its Dublin, California, Culinary Kitchens & Technical Center, described as a "state-of-the-art facility that enables the company's stores like Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons and Carrs to provide customers with products developed to their tastes. The facility has sophisticated capabilities in culinary development and food technology, with a special focus on fresh selections in our Service Deli, Meat, Seafood, Produce, and Bakery departments. In addition to its staff of 70 culinary specialists, the facility also contains equipment to replicate manufacturing plant, store and home kitchen environments."

• Target said yesterday that it plans to open its stores at 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day, and also will feature a "10 Days of Deal" promotion that will begin on November 22 and offer category-specific promotions each day.

Toys R Us said yesterday that it also will open on Thanksgiving, at 5 pm.

Nordstrom, on the other hand, confirmed that not only will it be closed on Thanksgiving, but it won't put up any Christmas decorations until the day after.

More retailers than ever are opening on Thanksgiving as a way of getting a jump-start on the Black Friday holiday sales.
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