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The Los Angeles Times reports that Walmart plans to keep most of its US stores open overnight on Thanksgiving as part of a strategy to reduce the “Black Friday” crowding that led to the trampling of a temporary employee in a New York store last year.

“Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, is the traditional beginning of the end-of-year holiday shopping season in the US. In the past, store doors have opened as early as 5 am, with long lines forming to take advantage of hot - and short-lived - specials on a variety of products.
KC's View:
Talk about a sword that is sharp on both edges. Crowds may get reduced, but sales, I suspect, will be higher.

Though I have to say, for the record, that I refuse on principle to do any shopping on Thanksgiving weekend.