LOS ANGLES (CNS) - The number of retailers open on Thanksgiving  continues to grow while several who have been open in the past will have longer hours Thursday in an attempt to satisfy the public's demands.

The 155-year-old Macy's chain will open stores on Thanksgiving for the  first time ``in response to interest from customers who prefer to start their  shopping early,'' according to a corporate statement.

Target stores will open at , one hour earlier than last year and  four hours earlier than 2011, when its opening was the earliest ever.

Toys R Us will open at , three hours earlier than last year, four  hours earlier than 2011 and five hours earlier than 2010, the first time it was  open on Thanksgiving.

Kmart, which has been open on Thanksgiving for 22 consecutive years,  will open at 6 a.m., the same time as last year. It will remain open until 11  p.m. Friday. It had closed from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. last Thanksgiving, reopening  at 8 p.m. and staying open until 3 a.m. Friday.

Sears stores will again open at 8 p.m. It was open for the first time on  Thanksgiving night last year ``and received an overwhelmingly positive  response from members and customers who took advantage of shopping Black Friday  deals early,'' a statement said.

While hours at Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, vary, it will  give customers who are in designated lines between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.  and 9 p.m. the opportunity to buy selected products, including some big-screen  televisions, at discounted prices, with the guarantee they will receive the  product that night or before Christmas.

The major objection to stores opening on Thanksgiving is the disruption  it causes in the lives of their employees, separating them from their families.

In an attempt to minimize the impact on its employees, Macy's began  planning early to allow workers the time to review available shifts throughout  the Christmas season, including on Thanksgiving weekend, and to volunteer for  the shifts they prefer, a statement said.

Sears stores are staffed on Thanksgiving by seasonal associates and  those who volunteered to work, a statement said.

Target ``works closely with its team members'' in advance of the  holidays ``to understand scheduling preferences,'' a  statement said.

Target pays all its hourly employees working on Thanksgiving time-and-a- half. Employees working shifts from the opening of the store on Thanksgiving to  8 a.m. on Black Friday will receive additional compensation in addition to time- and-a-half, the statement said.

Surveys indicate that a majority of those polled object to stores  opening on Thanksgiving, but a significant minority plan to shop on  Thanksgiving.

A YouGov/Huffington Post poll of 1,000 adults conducted Nov. 19-20 found  that 62 percent of those surveyed felt businesses should be closed on  Thanksgiving so workers can have the day off and 74 percent said retailers  should wait until the Friday after Thanksgiving to re-open. The poll had a  margin of error of 4.6 percent.

The Accenture Holiday Shopping Survey found 38 percent of shoppers said  they were likely to shop on Thanksgiving. The online survey of 500 customers  was conducted in September.

For the first time, the National Retail Federation, the world's largest  retail trade association, included a question about shopping on Thanksgiving in  its holiday spending survey and found that among the 61.9 percent who said they  would go shopping on Thanksgiving weekend, 23.5 percent said they would shop on  Thanksgiving.

The poll conducted by Prosper Insights and Analytics of 6,201 customers  between Nov. 1-7 has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.3 percentage points.