JCPenney is kicking off its Black Friday sales earlier than many of its competitors this year

APBlack Friday sales kick off at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at JCPenney.

Eager JCPenney shoppers will be able to snap up its Black Friday deals almost immediately after they have finished Thanksgiving dinner this year.

The US department store chain announced that it will open its doors at 2 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day and stay open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

This is earlier than some of its rivals such as Target, Kohl’s, Sears, and Macy’s, which will open later in the afternoon on Thursday.

Retailers have come under fire in recent years for starting Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day, and as a result, several have started to buck the trend and stay closed.

Several retailers including Costco, Barnes & Noble, and Lowe’s have said they will be closed on Thanksgiving, according to a list compiled by

Some have likely decided it’s not worth their while as consumers are increasingly shopping for deals online. According to Adobe Analytics, online shopping is expected to “hit new highs” this year, with retailers pulling in as much as $US7.5 billion on Black Friday – an increase of more than 20% from 2018.

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