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Thanksgiving Day expected to draw 33M shoppers

The Thanksgiving dinner leftovers will barely be cold today before millions of Americans head out to retail stores in search of holiday deals.

The National Retail Federation said nearly one-quarter of the 140 million people who plan to shop in stores or online over the “Black Friday” weekend will do so on Thanksgiving Day, or 33 million shoppers.

“Rather than just eating Thanksgiving food and then sitting in front of the TV, you might as well get out and do some walking when you’re shopping,” said Serdar Durmusoglu, a University of Dayton associate professor of marketing.

Today and Friday kick off a holiday season that can account for as much as 40 percent of annual sales for some retailers. Last year, total spending over Black Friday weekend reached a record $59.1 billion, according to the retail federation.

Friday is expected to be the biggest shopping day of the weekend, with more than 69 percent of the people who plan to shop doing so on Black Friday, or about 97 million shoppers, the retail federation said.

Store opening hours

Ashley Furniture HomeStore: Closed today. Open at 6 a.m. Friday

Best Buy: 6 p.m. today

Big Lots: 7 a.m. today

Dick’s Sporting Goods: 8 p.m. today

Dollar General: 7 a.m. today

Elder-Beerman: 8 p.m. today

h.h. gregg: 8 p.m. today

Home Depot: Closed today. Open at 5 a.m. Friday

Ikea: Closed today. Open at 10 a.m. Friday

J.C. Penney: 8 p.m. today

Kmart: 6 a.m. today

Kohls: 8 p.m. today

Lowe’s: Closed today. Open at 5 a.m. Friday

Macy’s: 8 p.m. today

Meijer: Open 24 hours. Black Friday deals start at 6 a.m. today

Morris Home Furnishings: Closed today. Open at 6 a.m. Friday

Old Navy: 9 a.m. today

Sears: 8 p.m. today

Target: 8 p.m. today

Toys R Us: 5 p.m. today

Von Maur: Closed today. Open at 9 a.m. Friday

Wal-Mart: Open 24 hours. Black Friday deals start at 6 p.m. today

Shopping mall opening hours

Cincinnati Premium Outlets: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today

Dayton Mall: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today

The Greene Town Center: Old Navy opens at 9 a.m. today; Forever 21 opens at 4 p.m. today

The Mall at Fairfield Commons: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today

Miami Valley Centre Mall in Piqua: Select stores open at 8 p.m. today

Tanger Outlets in Jeffersonville: 10 p.m. today

Upper Valley Mall in Springfield: 8 p.m. today

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