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Black Friday update: Earlier store openings and new ads!

Posted November 7, 2013


Here's a weekly update on the newly released Black Friday ads from!   You can see all the details and ad previews on their website.

Stores opening Thanksgiving Morning

The big news in Black Friday this year is the number of retail stores that will be opening on Thanksgiving MORNING!  Here are the stores announcing an early opening so far. I am certain this list will grow in the coming weeks.

Kmart: Opens 6 am on Thanksgiving morning through 11 pm on Black Friday

Sears: Opens 8 am on Thanksgiving morning through 1 pm Friday they will offer their doorbuster sales

Old Navy: Opens 9 am Thanksgiving Day until 4 pm and then they open again from 7 pm until midnight. This 3-hour break probably gives them time to change the signage for the official Black Friday sales that start Thursday evening.  Maybe some of their employees will get to go home for dinner.

Rite Aid: Opens 8 am on Thanksgiving Day (as they do every year) - CVS and Walgreens are also open on Thanksgiving every year


This week, you can take a sneak peak at the following new ads:

* Toys R Us (opens at 5 pm Thanksgiving Day)

* Best Buy's Black Friday Door Busters

* Belk (opens at 8 pm on Thanksgiving Day)

* Shoe Carnival

* Rite Aid (opens at 8 am Thanksgiving morning)

* Sports Authority (opens 6 pm Thanksgiving Day)


In the last few weeks, they released these ads:

* Ace Hardware

* Radio Shack

* Various holiday Toy Books including Toys R Us, Target, Dollar General, Kmart & BJ's Wholesale

* Macy's

* Harbor Freight

* Lowes ad

In addition, BFads mentions that Walmart is planning their biggest Black Friday ever! You will see much more advertising this year from them as well as anticipated increases in door busters and roll backs for Black Friday.



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  • Big Willy Magnum Nov 11, 2013

    You are a horrible human being if you go shopping on Thanksgiving Day. If saving a couple of bucks is that important to you, you are a selfish person who needs help. Go to church to a psychiatrist instead of the store.

  • Taffy Nov 9, 2013

    To all those who shop on Thanksgiving.DO YOU WANT TO WORK THIS DAY? If you don't want to work why do you expect others to work when you won't?? Contrary to what the stores say, it's really not voluntary, if not enough people volunteer, others are told they have to work.Stores shouldn't be open Easter, 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Respect those who don't have a choice & let the stores know that you won't shop. It's only for their greedy, money grabbing wants!

  • kellypsnll Nov 7, 2013

    To shop on Thanksgiving day is terrible. By that store being open, those employees are away from their family. If no one shopped on that day, the stores would be closed and be the madhouse that we know they will become on Black Friday. I will do my shopping via internet and pick up at the store at my convenience thank you.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 7, 2013

    But DianeNC - please feel free to post a link to another BF deals site if you see a deal not mentioned on All the black friday deal sites pretty much have the same deals within a few hours of each other.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 7, 2013

    Dianenc - the same info about Pet Smart, including their BF ad was also posted on today (after I made the list above). There are a ton of Black Friday websites this time of year but I have worked with for years and trust their advice and ad previews.

  • DianeNC Nov 7, 2013

    Faye - could you add the website to your list of Black Friday-related links on this page? Thanks!

    You can find PetSmart's 2013 Black Friday ad there, for example. PetSmart will open their doors at 7am on Black Friday and give away a free stocking to each of the first 100 people in line, filled with treats and $130 in valuable store coupons. (I'll be there!)

  • ilovelucy31 Nov 7, 2013

    Well that sucks. Some people will refuse to shop on thanksgiving but it doesn't matter bc enough people obviously will anyway for them to be going to these rediculous hours. Looks like it's getting worse and worse every year

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 7, 2013

    Kathy - if I was closer to the Kohl's in Apex on Thanksgiving, I would bring you Krispy Kreme doughnuts too! I am glad you will have some extra financial benefit from working on the holiday. You and Fred are both still in my thoughts.

  • heremeaj Nov 7, 2013

    I will be participating in the on line Black Friday Sales when possible. And I guess you can make a case either way about Thanksgiving. A blessing for people to have a job when so many people do not, a shame that greed and commerce threaten to eclipse the holiday. Am always glad when HT and other grocery stores close @ 2 pm so those employees can go home and be with family. But I am OLD and when I was growing up there was NOTHING open on Sunday, not even a drugstore, and nobody would have dreamed of opening on a holiday....but look how well Chick Fil A still does and they are closed every Sunday still so the employees can be with their families.

  • chesirekat1964 Nov 7, 2013

    At my Kohl's in Apex they asked for volunteers to work on Thanksgiving. We get paid for that day anyway so working on the holiday gives us time and a half. I can use the extra money right now with Fred not working. They also will be treating us to food that holiday weekend.