Black Friday shopping start times


  • Sears opens at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year and will remain open all night until 10 p.m. on Friday. Last year it did the 4 a.m. on Black Friday thing but caved to customers for a pushed back start time, said a spokeswoman.
  • Gap will have around 1,100 Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores open on Thanksgiving day and an additional 1,500 more at midnight on Black Friday.
  • Best Buy is going to open its doors at midnight, same as last year, and will give reservation tickets to those waiting up to two hours ahead of time for certain items.
  • Macy‘s will also do the midnight opening for Black Friday, as it did in 2011.
  • Target hasn’t officially announced it, but employees tell Consumerist — and it’s listed on the “leaked” Black Friday cicular — that Target will likely open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
  • Staples is a bit of a late starter, relatively speaking, with a 5 a.m. opening time. But hey, that’s an hour earlier than last year for the store, and there will be special offers for mobile shoppers the night before at 11 p.m.
  • Toys R Us — The majority of Toys R Us stores will be open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving for Black Friday, and Babies R Us stores will be opening at 5 a.m. A source tells Consumerist that there are a few stores that will be opening earlier (NYC) or later, depending on local blue laws.
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