Ross Park, South Hills Village opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving

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As retailers watch their competitors open earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, more are officially announcing they’ll throw their doors open earlier, as well.

Ross Park Mall and South Hills Village, both owned by Indianapolis-based mall developer Simon Properties Group, officially announced this morning that they will be open at 8 p.m. on Nov. 28.

The announcements follow a steady stream of decisions by chain retailers to open earlier than they have in the past on the national holiday. Kmart plans to open at 6 a.m., Toys R Us at 5 p.m. and Best Buy at 6 p.m.

The biggest round of openings seems to be set for 8 p.m. That’s when Target, Sears, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Kohl’s and others are expected to open, according to various announcements.

The earlier openings have come in response to competition from online retailers, the often enthusiastic crowds for previous year’s Thanksgiving evening events and fears that shoppers will spend their limited budgets elsewhere.

Last year, most malls in the region opened at midnight, but 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving seems to be becoming the new standard. Monroeville Mall’s website also indicates that shopping center will open at that time, and Grove City Premium Outlets has said many stores there will open at 8 p.m.

The website for the Mall at Robinson indicates that shopping center currently is set to open at midnight.

Teresa F. Lindeman: or at 412-263-2018.

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