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Sears and Kmart to open their doors on Thanksgiving

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Sears and Kmart stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day for customers and Shop Your Way members who wish to take advantage of Black Friday sales.

"Sears and Kmart have been leaders in integrated retail, delivering convenient options to create a more rewarding shopping experience for our members, while blurring the boundaries between offline and online shopping," said Leena Munjal, SVP customer experience and integrated retail, Sears Holdings. "Our Shop Your Way members have the option to shop anytime, anywhere and anyway they want – especially during the busiest shopping weekend of the year."

Beginning at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 11 p.m. on Black Friday, shoppers can access deals at Kmart for 41 straight hours. Meanwhile, Sears will be open beginning on 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving through 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

Shop Your Way is also extending options to its members via free store pickup for friends and family and the Shop Your Way, Sears and Kmart mobile apps.

Following an overwhelmingly positive response from customers last year, this is the third year that Sears will be open on Thanksgiving Day. More than 1,000 doorbusters will be available at Sears until 1 p.m. on Friday.

Kmart has been serving early-bird shoppers on Thanksgiving for 22 years.

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Cynthia Jamison named chairman at Tractor Supply

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Effective Jan. 1, Cynthia Jamison will succeed James Wright as chairman of the board at Tractor Supply.

Jamison has served as lead director with the board since 2010, which she joined in 2002. Previously, she served as CFO of Australian irrigation company AquaSpy Inc. and was a partner with professional services firm Tatum LLC, where she served as CFO and COO for various companies.

Jamison also chairs the audit committee on the board of B&G Foods, Inc. She has been chairman of the board for Caribe Media Inc., a directory publisher in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, since 2011.

Exiting chairman James Wright has been with the company since 2000 and served as CEO from 2004 til 2012, at which point he was replaced by Gregory Sandfort and was elected to a one-year term as chairman.

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Retail Store of the Year

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Chain Store Age spotlights the winners of its 31st annual Retail Store of the Year design competition, which attracted entries from around the globe. Simons, a leading Canadian department store retailer, was awarded top honors. Its 118,000-sq.-ft. store in Edmonton, Alberta, was named Store of the Year.

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