BISMARCK — One of the most prominent retail chains in North Dakota will open its doors as early as 7 a.m. on Sundays once the state's ban on Sunday morning shopping is lifted next month.

Target will open at 7 a.m. on Sundays in Fargo, Grand Forks and Bismarck, and the Minot store will open an hour later, a spokesperson said Wednesday, July 10.

State lawmakers ended the longstanding debate on lifting the Sunday morning shopping ban earlier this year. The issue divided lawmakers on issues of free enterprise and religion.

North Dakota was the last state to permit Sunday shopping in 1991 by allowing it after noon. Shoppers have been known to wait outside store doors on Sunday mornings or travel to adjacent states.

Other stores have already announced they would open before noon on Sunday once the practice becomes legal Aug. 4, but Minneapolis-based Target hadn't previously announced its plans.