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Posted on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 11:58 a.m.

Macy's to open 48-hours straight for last-minute holiday shoppers

By Lizzy Alfs

Interested in getting your holiday shopping done at 3 a.m.? Not a problem — at Macy’s department stores, at least.

The Ohio-based chain, for the first time ever, plans to open most of its 800 stores for 48-hours straight the weekend before Christmas Day.


A Macy's store in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Photo from Macy's

"For the first time ever, Macy’s will keep most stores open around the clock for the last weekend of holiday shopping," said Peter Sachse, Macy’s chief stores officer, in a statement.

The announcement is an extension of 2011’s holiday hours, when 14 Macy’s stores were open for 24-hours.

This year’s marathon shopping weekend, which coincides with Macy's "One Day Sale," will begin at 7 a.m. on Dec. 21 and end at 7 a.m. on Dec. 23. Although the sale will end at 7 a.m., Macy's stores will stay open until 12 a.m. on Dec. 23.

“We hope to make it easy for our customers across the country to finish their shopping at any time of day or night and with the benefit of the great deals and value they count on from our One Day Sale events,” Sachse said.

As of Sept. 12, Macy’s operated more than 850 stores under the names of Macy’s and Bloomingdales. There is a Washtenaw County location at Ann Arbor’s Briarwood Mall.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 6:24 p.m.

I know the negative votes are coming on this one, but I hate to say it, Macy's is going to be paying big bucks to the workers if those who work this sale stay on the clock and make massive over time. Trust you me. I would work the 48 and then drop for two more after that. Good luck to those who need money like I do.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 3:25 p.m.

Macy's popularity is plummeting due to their relationship with Donald Trump. Prior to the Dump Trump Effort, Macy's recommend score among US women was a 31. A recommend score reflects how likely customers are to recommend the store; it's a very important indicator in the retail industry. And, a score of 31 is quite good. However, Macy's recommend score has since fallen to 17 - that's a 14 point drop in just a few weeks and it now puts Macy's 2 points below average for the retail industry. You can read about Macy's plummeting popularity over at AdWeek: h ttp:// • Keep on spreading the word! Discourage your friends and family from shopping at Macy's due to their support of Donald Trump's bigoted bullying. (If they're unpersuadable, at least make sure they don't purchase any of Trump's products.) • Post a message on Macy's Facebook page. Tell them you're not going to shop at Macy's as long as Macy's supports Donald Trump. You can find Macy's page here: h ttp:// • Cancel your Macy's credit card. Be sure to let them know that you're canceling because of Macy's support of Donald Trump. • Encourage those who haven't already signed to sign our petition: h ttp://


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 7:53 p.m.

Sorry Macys.....when you didn't Dump Trump.....I dumped you.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

THIS is news ??? Now, if it was TGI Fridays, Banfield's or Fraser's I would consider it newsworthy and take advantage of some last minute shopping.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:23 p.m.

If this were Walmart everyone would be up in arms about the poor workers.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 12:17 a.m.

Seriously? There are plenty of full-time jobs at Macy's. Yup, retail can be tough, but there are career salespeople at Macy's. You can't say the same about Walmart. And if there were widespread accusations of abuse at other major retailers, they would get the same scrutiny.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 10:47 p.m.

And who has studied Macy's or any of the big chain stores other than Walmart. Retail is notoriously under paid. Not too many full time jobs available in it are there?


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:38 p.m.

Yeah, because at Walmart, they would try to cheat them out of overtime and they would make sure that no one worked enough hours to get benefits. Yeesh, the abuses of Walmart have been documented - they deserve the scrutiny.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:17 p.m.

I can't shop there anymore because they still insist on aligning with the brand Donald Trump

Linda Peck

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 5:55 p.m.

I like seeing articles like this about community happenings, even if I don't shop there. Thanks Lizzy!

Lizzy Alfs

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:04 p.m.

Thank you, Linda!


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 5:29 p.m.

Good for Macy's -- they join a lot of other stores that have been doing this for years and years...just like stores in England, and France, and Spain...why is this a story here? Did Macy's pay for a big ad at to deserve free advertising disguised as a news story?

Lizzy Alfs

Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 5:42 p.m.

Nope. We don't get paid to write stories. Just thought readers might be interested!