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Best Buy opens many stores 6 p.m. Thanksgiving

BY Dan Berthiaume

Richfield, Minn. – Best Buy is the latest major retail chain to prepare for an early start to Black Friday. More than 1,000 Best Buy stores in 47 states will open their doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night and stay open till 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29.

Because of laws in Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island, stores in those states will not open until Black Friday. A small number of additional locations across the country may have varied hours because of county or municipal laws. Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores located in shopping malls may have their hours adjusted based on the operating hours of the mall. Best Buy Mobile stores not located in malls will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Other retailers planning to open stores at some point on Thanksgiving include Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Toys “R” Us, J.C. Penney, and Belk.


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Belk plans 8 p.m. Thanksgiving opening

BY Dan Berthiaume

Charlotte, N.C. — Belk stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. From 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 through 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, stores will offer more than 350 early bird specials while quantities last The promotion will feature hundreds of special deals in every department.

The first 250 customers at each store at the 8 p.m. opening on Thanksgiving will receive a free Belk gift card with a value ranging from $5 to $1,000, and with a guaranteed $1,000 gift card winner in each of the company’s 301 stores.

"Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around good food, family and friends," said Jon Pollack, Belk, Inc. executive VP, sales promotion, marketing and e-commerce. "Over the years that tradition has evolved into one that includes shopping and other activities that families enjoy together outside of the home. It’s in response to that trend that we open our doors to customers at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for their shopping convenience. The Belk After-Thanksgiving Sale is our biggest, most exciting event of the season and an opportunity for customers to purchase their favorite brands and gift items at incredible savings."
Other retailers planning to open stores at some point on Thanksgiving include Kmart, Sears, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Toys “R” Us, J.C. Penney, and Best Buy.

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Natural Grocers opens Idaho Falls store Nov. 12

BY Dan Berthiaume

Lakewood, Colo. — Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage is opening its second store in Idaho, which will be located in Idaho Falls. The store opens for business on Nov. 12.

"We invite the Idaho Falls community to come in see what we’re about," said Kemper Isely, Natural Grocers co-president. "While they are here, shoppers can also take part in a free nutritional education seminar- or pick up some practical ideas for healthy eating during one of our free cooking demonstrations."

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