Dec. 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM ET
When does a one-day sale last 48 hours? When its Macy's and it's the last shopping weekend before Christmas.
The retailer announced Thursday that it plans to keep all of its stores open nationwide for 48 straight hours beginning Friday, Dec. 21 at 7 a.m. through Sunday, Dec. 23 at 7 a.m. Macy's also said that although what it's calling the "One Day Sale" ends at 7 a.m. Sunday, stores will stay open for the remainder of the day, most until midnight.
And if you're the kind of person who enjoys the contact sport of late, last minute shopping, Macy's said that 57 of its stores will remain open 24-hours, or with extended hours, until its stores close at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Many retailers made the unprecedented move to open their stores extra early on Thanksgiving to capture more shoppers seeking Black Friday deals. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, opened its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening, barely giving people time to put down the drumsticks before they dashed off to shop. That was two hours earlier than Wal-Mart stores had opened the year before.
Some people have criticized retailers for extended hours on holidays, saying that it interferes with family time for shoppers and for workers.
In prior years, Macy's had extended hours over the last weekend before Christmas at some of its stores. This is the first time that it will do that at all of its locations. Macy's has 800 locations in 45 states, DC, Puerto Rico and Guam.