Even though people can do all of their holiday shopping online, many of us can’t resist getting out there to see if we can find an even better Black Friday deal. Rumors and speculation are plentiful for Black Friday 2015 store hours. You want to prepare ahead so you don’t get caught at 5:00 AM outside the door of a store that doesn’t open until 7:00 AM – or worse – to be at a store on Thanksgiving morning only to find it’s closed on Thanksgiving. Keeping checking our Black Friday section as we’ll continually update it along with Cyber Monday for your shopping convenience. You can also check out Amazon’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals here as they’ll keep changing as fast as a Kardashian’s Instagram page.
As Black Friday quickly approaches, keep a close watch online for the store hours you want to frequent. Many online sites provide up to date information on Black Friday 2015 store hours and also include early bird hours and door buster sales times.
One pet peeve of holiday shoppers is that Black Friday is encroaching on Thanksgiving time. That’s caused the stores to rethink their plans, and we may see some back off from pushing into Thanksgiving hours.
Time history shows that in 2007 most stores opened their doors on the average at about 5:00 AM. Since then, start times for Black Friday sales have shifted into Thursday – and by 2014, the average time to open for most stores was 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Thursday.
Even though shoppers have objected to the encroachment of Black Friday sales on the Thanksgiving family time, the average opening time for most stores in 2015 will be on Thursday at 4:00 PM – two hours earlier than last year.
We now know that some stores such as GameStop and Staples are opting out of the early hour shopping frenzy. Demos Parneros, president of North American stores and Staples (online) says they want customers and employees to enjoy their Thanksgiving Day with family and friends.
GameStop will open its doors at 5:00 AM on Friday. While GameStop has never scheduled sales on Thanksgiving Day, they opened at 12:00 Midnight during the years 2011 to 2014.
This year they’re taking a stance to open even later and let their employees enjoy more time with their families. But, both GameStop and Staples will offer amazing deals on their dot com sites and the convenience of shopping at home and at your convenience is extremely appealing to many shoppers.
You can still get an incredible bargain without having to fight the crowds. While some stores are trying to become more appealing by catering to families who want to spend more time together on Thanksgiving, other stores such as Belk and Shopko have vowed to open even earlier.
Belk is even rumored to schedule their openings at 4:00 PM on Wednesday and 6:00 PM on Thursday for their big bargains. Keep a close eye on these smaller stores. The mega stores such as Walmart and Target will draw crowds no matter what time they open, but the smaller stores may have another strategy in mind.
Black Friday Major Retail Store Hours:
(Note that the times listed are for most locations. Be sure to check your local store’s hours.)
Walmart kicks off the holiday shopping season on Thanksgiving when its doors open at 6 p.m. Some of the standout deals advertised include $27 for popular games, including FIFA 16 and Madden 16, along with kids bikes starting as low as $39.
The retailer is urging shoppers to plan ahead by downloading the a store map on Walmart.com or through the Walmart app.
Doors open 6 p.m. Thursday at Target. Among the doorbusters luring shoppers to the retailer are 25 percent off all Apple TV boxes and a $100 gift card with the purchase of an Apple Watch. Parrot Drones, one of the hottest holiday items, are being offered for $69.99 (a $30 savings) while supplies last.
Doors open Thursday at 7 p.m. with the first 100 shoppers receiving a free mystery goody bag. Doorbusters include Star Wars figurines for $9.99 ( a 50 percent savings), select kids denim for $6 and 50 percent off all holiday string lights.
Best Buy opens at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Doors close Friday at 1 a.m. and stores re-open Friday at 8 a.m. Among the doorbusters are a 4K 60-inch Samsung TV for $799.99 (regular price $1,499.99). A Toshiba 49-inch HDTV is being offered for $149.99 (regular price $429.99).
Staples is closed on Thanksgiving but will open on Black Friday at 6 a.m. Some of the top deals being offered include a Toshiba i3 notebook with Windows 10 for $299 (regular price $499). Some drones regularly priced between $39.99 and $99.99 are being sold at a 15 percent discount.
Opening at 9 a.m. Friday, Costco is offering $40 off a Kitchen Aid 4.5 quart Tilt-head Stand Mixer and $50 off an Xbox One console.
Don’t forget to pick up the AA batteries for all of those holiday toy purchases. Costco is offering a 30 pack of Duracell Quantum AA batteries for $5 off.
Sam’s Club opens its doors at 7 a.m. on Friday. The Walmart-owned retailer is planning some big deals including $150 off the iPad Air 2 and a 14-piece stainless steel cookware set by KitchenAid for $109.98 (a $50 savings).
Sears opens at 6 p.m on Thursday and is offering family athletic shoes for buy one, get one free. Early bird shoppers will also enjoy a 30 percent off coupon found in the Sears circular that can be used on clothing purchases of $50 or more.
After its famous New York City parade has wrapped up, Macy’s will open its doors at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off the holiday season with some insane door busters, including 60 percent off Samsonite luggage and 30 percent off all diamond engagement rings.
Kohl’s kicks off the savings at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Doorbusters include 50 percent off toys from top brands including Fisher-Price, Playskool, Barbie and Hot Wheels. Kohl’s is also offering $15 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent until Nov. 29. The certificates will be redeemable between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6.
Doors open at most JCPenney stores on Thursday at 3 p.m. Deals include a 13-piece cookware set for $29.99 (after a $20 mail-in rebate) and various kitchen appliances for $9.99 (after a $10 mail-in rebate) including blenders, toasters, waffle irons and hand mixers.
Home Depot opens at 6 a.m. on Black Friday and promises shoppers up to 40 percent off some major appliances.
Toys R Us
Stores open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Mini 12-volt Cadillac Escalades are being offered for $299.99 (a $150 savings) while LEGO Ultra Agents construction sets are being offered at a doorbuster discount of 30 percent.