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Retailers pushing 'Cyber Monday' while less stores open on Thanksgiving

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Retailers pushing 'cyber Monday' while less stores open on Thanksgiving.

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- The biggest shopping weekend of the year is quickly approaching, but this year, many retailers are making some changes.

This year stores are pushing online sales more than before, while the number of retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving is decreasing.

Walmart is kicking off its so-called "Cyber Monday" deals at 12:01 a.m. on Friday in an effort to compete with online retailers such as Amazon.

The big box retailer now offers 23 million products online, nearly triple from last year's holiday shopping season.

And overall, ComScore predicts online spending on Cyber Monday will jump to $3.5 billion from $3.1 billion last year, but going against the trend we've seen the last few years, some retailers won't open their doors on Thanksgiving this year.

In West Michigan, some of those stores include Home Depot, Costco, Sam’s Club, Hobby Lobby and T.J. Maxx.

Part of the reason is to give those workers the holiday off with their families, it also might not be as much of a boost for the stores.

According to the National Retail Federation, the amount of people shopping on the actual holiday is decreasing. Last year nearly 10 million less people hit the stores on Thanksgiving than in 2014.