America's turning into the Land of the Buy-One-Get-One-Free, Home of the Brave-the-Crowds.
Rachel Marie Stone
Stores have been opening early — say, at 6 a.m. — on the day after Thanksgiving for years, but extremely early openings (4 or 5) have gradually become more common. Target, Best Buy, Macy's, and others caused a stir in 2011 by opening at midnight. Wal-Mart went further the next year and opened in the evening on Thanksgiving Day. This year, nearly a dozen stores — including Macy's, Kmart, Target, Best Buy, and Kohl's — will be open at least as early as that, putting employees to work hours before. continue reading >>