Black Friday is nearly upon us. Check out the store hours for major retailers this year, and the history behind America's shopping "holiday."
However, as early as the 19th century, shoppers have viewed Thanksgiving as the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, an occasion marked by celebrations and sales.
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