Published On: Nov 17 2011 02:14:10 PM CSTUpdated On: Nov 25 2015 11:22:18 AM CST
Black Friday is nearly here, although it will once again be more like "Black Thanksgiving" this year given store hours. Check out the store hours announced for 2015 by major retailers.
Like it did in 2014, Walmart will once again begin offering its Black Friday deals in stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year. The world's largest retailer will also be offering online sales starting at 3:01 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving.
Toy superstore Toys R Us is again opening its doors to shoppers at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open 30 hours straight until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
J.C. Penney moved its hours for the second year in a row, this time going two hours earlier to open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open through the night into Black Friday.
Black Friday deals started early at Amazon: 25 days ahead of the big shopping event. The online retailer launched the Black Friday Deals store on Nov. 2 to house "tens of thousands of deals" on a wide variety of products, including electronics, toys and clothing.
Best Buy announced it would be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday and would open again at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The electronics store announced its Black Friday deals on Nov. 10, and some of those discounted items are already available.
Target will welcome shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open all night into Black Friday. It's also planning a few bargains for the Wednesday before Black Friday.
Macy's will launch the holiday shopping season by opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m., the same as in 2014, and stay open all night into Black Friday.
Kmart is once again opening its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, with its Black Friday doorbuster specials going on sale in stores at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.
Kohl's will once again open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open all night into Black Friday.
Sears, which moved its shopping hours up to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for 2014, will open at the same time this year. It will close at 2 a.m. Friday and then reopen for Black Friday at 5 a.m.
RadioShack will open the majority of its stores at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and remain open until 1 p.m. It will open again from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.
Walgreens is opening at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving and remaining open until 10 p.m. that night. It will repeat the same hours on Black Friday.
Appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg opens at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving and closes at 12 a.m. The stores will reopen at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
Michaels will open at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open until 2 a.m. Friday. The stores will then reopen at 7 a.m. for Black Friday.
Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts will be closed on Thanksgiving but will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Dick's Sporting Goods opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and closes at 2 a.m. on Friday before reopening at 5 a.m. for Black Friday sales.
Sports Authority will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving and then reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Costco will be closed on Thanksgiving, but open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday.
Sam's Club will be closed on Thanksgiving before opening at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.
GameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving, but will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
Clothing retailer H&M, which has traditionally been open on Thanksgiving, will wait until Friday to open its doors to deal-hunters this year. Hours vary by location, and store-specific information is listed here.
REI made a splash with its Oct. 27 announcement that it would stay closed on Black Friday this year. The sporting goods store said it will pay its 12,000 full and part-time employees not to work on Black Friday, and urged customers to spend the day outside instead.
Although no major stores have joined REI in closing on Black Friday, among the other stores that have decided to remain closed on Thanksgiving in 2015 are Bed Bath & Beyond, Cabela's, Costco, GameStop, Home Depot, Lowe's, Marshalls, Nordstrom, Pier 1 Imports, Sam's Club and Staples.
Minnesota's Mall of America, billed as the nation's largest mall, will open to shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and remain open through Black Friday until 10 p.m.
The term "Black Friday" was originally used to describe the Sept. 24, 1869, economic panic in the U.S. set off by plunging gold prices. However, as early as the 19th century, shoppers have viewed Thanksgiving as the traditional start to the holiday shopping season, an occasion marked by celebrations and sales.
The holiday spree became so important to retailers that during the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving up to stretch out the holiday shopping season.
Newspapers in Philadelphia officially coined the term "Black Friday" to describe the day after Thanksgiving in the late 1960s, using it to describe the rush of crowds at stores. There's also a belief that some retailers go from "in the red" to "in the black" for the year on that day.
The average American spent $380.96 on Black Friday in 2014, with overall sales reaching an estimated $50.9 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. Both numbers were down slightly from 2013.
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