Once upon a time, not so long ago, Thanksgiving was a lazy, leisurely day off for feasting and football. But in 2013 there’s no time for a second helping of turkey and gravy: it’s time to shop.
The holidays are nearing and some stores hope to lessen the financial blow of gift-purchasing by introducing layaway programs.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in many stores, and it’s only September! It’s still summer, but some retailers like K-mart are already freezing the moment with holiday ads on TV and online.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving when stores typically finally begin to get in the fiscal black for the year, is fundamentally changing to see many stores get started earlier, even on Thanksgiving.