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Retailers' hours for Thanksgiving, Black Friday

More chains than ever will be open for business on Thursday this year, with many staying open all night.

By businessed Nov 27, 2013 12:48PM
This post comes from Katie Little of partner 

Credit: © Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Caption: People shop at The Grove mall in Los Angeles 
It's the ultimate holiday mashup: Thanksgivukkah-BlackFriday. 

During what's shaping up to be a highly promotional holiday season, many companies are choosing to move their in-store Black Friday deals a day earlier to Thanksgiving—a phenomenon many are calling Gray Thursday. That also happens to be the first full day of Hanukkah.

Online deals have begun even earlier, led by discount giant Wal-Mart Stores kicking off its sales in early November. Kmart and Sears will also hold early online deals for certain customers. 

Black Friday creep first gained traction in 2010, when Sears opened its doors on Thanksgiving. Since then, the trend has intensified as retailers seek to one-up each other during what Wal-Mart U.S.'s chief merchandising and marketing officer, Duncan Mac Naughton, terms its "Super Bowl." 

Retailers face several challenges this season, including slumping consumer confidence, a low employment participation rate and the shortest holiday calendar since 2002, with one less weekend. 

Here is a guide to major store chains and their opening hours for Thursday and Friday. (Some local stores may vary):

Bed Bath & Beyond: Closed Thursday. Opens Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Best Buy: Open Thursday, 6 p.m. through Friday, 10 p.m.
Costco: Closed Thursday. Open Friday, 9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Gamestop: Closed Thursday (?) Open Friday 12 midnight to 11 p.m. (closing hours may vary).
Home Depot: Closed Thursday, Open Friday, 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
JC Penney: Open Thursday, 8 p.m., stays open until Friday, 9 p.m.
Kmart: Open Thursday 6 a.m. through Friday, 11 p.m.
Kohl’s: Open Thursday 8 p.m. through Friday, 12 midnight
Lowe’s: Closed Thursday, Open Friday, 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Macy’s: Open Thursday, 8 p.m. through closing Friday night. (Check local store, hours may vary.)
Marshalls: Closed Thursday. Open Friday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Office Max: Open Thursday at 8 p.m. through Saturday, 2 a.m. Reopens Friday at 5 a.m.
Sam’s Club: Closed Thursday. Open Friday 7 a.m. 
Sears: Open Thursday 8 p.m. through Friday 10 p.m.
Staples: Open Thursday, 8 p.m. – 12 midnight. Reopens Friday, 6 a.m.
Target: Open Thursday, 8 p.m. through Friday 11 p.m.
TJ Maxx: Closed Thursday. Open Friday 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Toys R Us: Most stores open Thursday, 5 p.m. through Friday 10 p.m.
Wal-Mart: Many stores open 24 hours, promotions begin Thursday 6 p.m.

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Nov 27, 2013 1:58PM
Any non-food store open on Thanksgiving day should re-think its values.
Even food stores should be conscious of their employees' family holiday observances. I'm sure the top dogs at these retailers open on Thanksgiving day are not going to spend their whole holiday working.

Nov 27, 2013 6:42PM
We will not be spending a dime over the course of this weekend and have abandoned Christmas gifting permanently.
Nov 27, 2013 6:38PM
Thank you for posting this list. Now I know which stores to avoid during the rest of the year. Being open on any holiday is nothing but pure greed!!!
Nov 27, 2013 6:26PM

This country has lost its way for good.  Years back, Thanksgiving was a holiday to celebrate with your family ONLY.  Not to try and find the best deals, shoving and pushing your way to the last new Xbox or newest tablet.  Pathetic.


What's next?  After Xmas shopping starting Christmas night at 8?


C'mon people.  Smarten up...


Just saying




A dis-satisfied customer and voter...

Nov 27, 2013 6:36PM
What a shame you greedy SOBs family is first not profits that are out of this world. BOYCOTT the bastards.
Nov 27, 2013 7:20PM
If you don' t  go... they will close
Nov 27, 2013 6:59PM
absolutely horrible! We are to give thanks and be with family. It is a time for celebration..these greedy corporations forcing their employees to work just to make more money is atrocious. Some people dont know how to stand up for their rights. Anybody who shops on Thanksgiving needs to re-evaluate their values 
Nov 27, 2013 6:09PM
We the people need to force "Blue Laws" back into existence. People over profit, plain and simple. The entire list of companies in this article will not see one penny of my holiday shopping money, if they are open tomorrow.
Nov 27, 2013 7:39PM
I live in Maine a blue law state where being open on Thanksgiving is illegal. I believe the law should be the same everywhere. Granted the stores will be open on Friday at 12:01 am and I still believe that should be illegal too. When I was younger you couldn't find any stores open on Sundays or any holiday for that matter. I think corporate greed has changed all these laws and what a shame because family should matter more than shopping. 
Nov 27, 2013 11:37PM
I will not be shopping at any retail store that is open on Thanksgiving this holiday season, and significantly limiting purchases during the rest of the year.
Nov 27, 2013 8:12PM

We need to go back to when the stores & gas stations were closed. If you forgot to get something needed for dinner you did without & improvised with what you had. No big deal!


Nov 27, 2013 7:49PM
the only shopping I plan to do on Thursday evening or "Black Friday" is maybe buy a couple computer games from the Steam fall sale: I can do that from the comfort of my living room while wasting a mere couple of minutes AND I am not forcing people to work over the holiday since buying a game on Steam is all automatic (you basically buy a license to download and install games on any computer you own that has Steam installed) (and wow I sound like a mouthpiece for Steam... but it really is a great service, I have not been to a gamestop in AGES)

Oh and shame on those who will actually go out shopping on Thursday, SHAME. If you did not fall for the hype the stores would have to close since they would be EMPTY on the holiday
Nov 27, 2013 7:17PM
Gee, whatever happened to the four-day Thanksgiving remember, you got Thanksgiving off, AND the day after, so you had a four-day weekend.  Now people don't even get Thanksgiving itself off.  CLOSE ALL THE STORES AND LET THOSE PEOPLE SPEND THE WEEKEND WITH THEIR FAMILIES!
Nov 28, 2013 5:55PM
I just did my holiday shopping online and expect delivery next week.  I hope that the retailers aren't counting on my appearance during Thanksgiving weekend as they will be sorely disappointed.   
Nov 27, 2013 5:41PM
If I were in business I would never close during regular/normal hours because my customer may want or need something from the store.....I would lower staffing and rotate days for the employees for holidays but someone would always be around for you if you need our service..... 
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