Two Arkansas based companies take different sides on Thanksgiving shopping
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Manyknow where they'll be the day after Thanksgiving - out shopping deals for BlackFriday. But many big box stores saytheir customers want to shop even earlier and now will be opening Thanksgivingnight.
Stores like Kmart, Sears,Target, Old Navy, Staples, Toys "R" Us, Michaels, JC Penney, Kohls, DollarGeneral, Dick's Sporting Goods and Best Buy will be opening their doors tobargain shoppers right after their customers finish their Thanksgiving meals.
Bentonville-based Walmartalso assumes you're ready to shop on Thanksgiving. This year for the first time they will openat 6:00 PM Thanksgiving Day.
"We have a $98 32-inch LEDTV which we expect will be a big seller," said Tara Raddohl, spokesperson forWalmart.
But there are plenty ofstores that are planning Black Friday sales, but say they will be open only onFriday. Those stores include Home Depot,TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Burlington Coat Factory, Apple, Radio Shack and Ross. That group also includes Little Rock-basedDillard's.
Julie Johnson Bull,spokesperson for Dillard's, said they have a long standing tradition of "honoringour customers' and associates' time with family."
"In the coming weeks outassociates will work long hours to deliver exceptional customer service atDillard's and we want them to know how much we appreciate that. We think it's the right thing to do," saidBull in a statement.
But Walmart says they'rerewarding their employees with time and a half pay for Thanksgiving this yearplus other compensation.
"Associates that work onThanksgiving Day will receive a hot Thanksgiving meal as well as a 25% discounton a shopping trip of their choice through the Christmas season," said Raddohl.
Walmart says the realreason they are opening on Thanksgiving Day is because the demand for theproduct is there.
"This is about ourcustomers at a time when they have asked us to be available to them and servethem," said Raddohl.