Knoxville Center and West Town Mall will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving

Shoppers wait in line for the 8 p.m. opening of the Times Square Toys-R-Us store in the lead-up to Black Friday, November 22, 2012, in New York. While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Shoppers wait in line for the 8 p.m. opening of the Times Square Toys-R-Us store in the lead-up to Black Friday, November 22, 2012, in New York. While stores typically open in the wee hours of the morning on the day after Thanksgiving known as Black Friday, openings have crept earlier and earlier over the past few years. Now, stores from Wal-Mart to Toys R Us are opening their doors on Thanksgiving evening, hoping Americans will be willing to shop soon after they finish their pumpkin pie. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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It seems Black Thursday has become the new Black Friday, but at least you won't have to wake up so early the day after Thanksgiving.

You may want to plan Thanksgiving dinner a little early this year if you want to be first in line for all the Black Friday deals. Management at Knoxville Center and West Town Mall announced Tuesday that they have extended their holiday hours, opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, four hours earlier than last year.

While the malls will be open at 8 p.m., not all of the stores will be opening at that time. This year, Toys R Us will open its doors at 5 p.m. Thanksgiving day, Best Buy will open at 6 p.m. and Target, Kohls and JC Penney will open at 8 p.m.

“Heading to shop at either Knoxville Center or West Town Mall with family and friends is the perfect way to wrap up a holiday about gratitude and togetherness,” said Abbey Harris, area director for marketing and business development for Simon Property Group, said in an email to the News Sentinel.

“Many families enjoy entertainment traditions around Thanksgiving, whether it’s sharing meals, going shopping, seeing a movie, or watching a game together. We are excited to meet our customers’ different schedules and needs with the variety of retail and entertainment experiences they enjoy, plus extended opportunities for holiday ‘doorbusters’ and deals to be discovered,” Harris said.

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