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Holiday edition to go on sale early

ALBANY, Ga. — To accommodate shoppers who like to plan their Black Friday shopping trip early, The Albany Herald will begin selling its advertising-packed Thanksgiving Day edition at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

THANKSGIVING HOURS

Some offices of The Albany Herald will close earlier than normal this week for the Thanksgiving holiday. Scheduled times for offices are:

ADVERTISING AND BUSINESS OFFICE

Today: Close 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving: Closed

Friday: Close 2 p.m.

CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE

Today: Close 2 p.m.

Thanksgiving: Closed

Friday; Close 2 p.m.

CIRCULATION

Today: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thanksgiving: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Friday: 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

OBITUARY DEADLINES

Today: 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving: noon

Friday: 1 p.m.

Retailers are opening earlier than ever, with some stores operating on Thanksgiving Day.

John Hetzler, general manager of The Herald, said Circulation Department staffers will be in the newspaper’s employee parking lot at 12:01 a.m. Thursday selling papers at a discounted rate.

The paper they will be selling is a record-breaking product, Hetzler said.

“We’ll have 41 inserts in this Thanksgiving Day paper,” he said. “That’s almost 25 percent higher than we’ve had in the past. This gives shoppers lots of choices.

“Plus the paper itself is the biggest paper of the year in terms of other advertising.”

The “early” papers will be available in the parking lot at Washington Street and Pine Avenue and will be sold for $1. Single-copy sales at other locations Thursday will be $1.50 because of the size of the holiday paper.

“With the big box stores opening earlier, the normal subscriber would have to wait until around 6:30 a.m. to get their paper,” said Hetzler. “This way, you can get the paper early.”

To make matters a little more interesting, Circulation Director Michael Hill plans to put $25 visa gift cards in two of the papers sold in the newspaper parking lot.

“You get a deal on the paper, plus you get a chance at the $25 gift cards,” Hetzler said.

Comments

supersquawker 2 years, 4 months ago

A special Thanksgiving "Thank-You" to the Albany Herald for letting the comments flow! Just like the Macon.com site, the Herald has seen fit to let reader comments show up immediately. Knowing that there is a "Report" function, they have apparently decided to put their Trust in the majority of the Albanians who are their devoted Readers and just let them comments get on out there on the Internet Machine, knowing that any real bad ones can be deleted later. Great Decision, Albany Herald Team!!

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