YAKIMA, Wash. — Looks like 8 p.m. is the new standard as far as opening times on Thanksgiving night.
OfficeMax announced today that it will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28.
The retailer operates a store at the Gateway Shopping Center in Yakima (128 N. Fair Ave.).
“We’re opening our doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving to help make OfficeMax among the first stops in the holiday shopping season,” Michael Lewis, executive vice president and president of retail at OfficeMax, said in a news release.
Three other stores — J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Kohl’s — have already announced plans to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, OfficeMax is working out logistics regarding its merger with rival office supply store Office Depot. The Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that OfficeMax Inc. CEO Ravi Saligram asked Illinois lawmakers to allow it to keep employees’ personal tax withholdings instead of forwarding them to the state.
Such an incentive, Saligram, said would help Illinois compete with Florida, where the current home office for Office Depot is located, for the merged headquarters of the two companies.