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Open (longer) for business
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People shop on the Monroe Square near The Green Door on Tuesday. The Green Door is one of 16 retail stores that are participating in the First Thursday promotion by staying open in the evenings on the first Thursday of every month. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - Downtown stores will stay open until 7 p.m. every first Thursday of the month until December as part of a push to generate more business on the Square after people are done with work. The First Thursday of the Month is a new promotion that encourages businesses downtown to stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays rather than closing at their normal time of 5 p.m. It gives people an opportunity to shop after work, meeting a demand from those who usually can't shop during the day due to their schedules.