Anyone who watched G.I. Joe as a kid can tell you, “knowing is half the battle.” When it comes to Black Friday, knowing which sales to target and what time to be there is also half the battle. The other half consists of wading through seas of surly shoppers to nab doorbusters before you get trampled.
In keeping with the trend that has developed over the last few years, many stores will open their doors on Thanksgiving Day and will remain open for nearly the entire weekend. To make your life easier, here are Black Friday opening times and special offers for 56 popular stores. Not every location participates, and offers can change at the last minute, so check with your local store if you have any questions about their promotion.
Before you head out shopping, make sure you’re prepared to save as much as possible with extra Black Friday coupons and the Coupon Sherpa app.
ACE Hardware - Opening Time Varies
Opening times vary for ACE Hardware franchises, their circular advertises a Thanksgiving Week Sale starting on Wednesday, Nov. 26. ACE shoppers can get 50-percent off one regular-priced item on Friday, or $10 off purchases of $50 or more on Saturday and Sunday.
A.C. Moore - 5:00 a.m Black Friday
In addition to deep discounts on crafting supplies, get 50% off Crayola products as well as pine-like 18” wreaths or 9’ garland for just $1.88 each. The print ad also features a coupon for 60% off one regular-price item from noon to 10 p.m. or 40% off the total purchase price from 5 a.m. to noon.
Abercrombie & Fitch - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Most Abercrombie & Fitch stores are located in malls, so opening times will vary by location and state law. Check with your local store for specific opening times and hours.
Babies R Us - ???
Babies R Us and Toys R Us often operate on the same schedule, so while there’s no official word, it’s likely the hours will be the same for both stores.
Bass Pro Shops - 5:00 a.m. Black Friday
Deals at Bass Pro begin on Nov. 26, but the biggest savings will be found in their 6-hour Sale from 5-11 a.m. on Friday. Everything from fleece to fishing equipment is marked down.
Bealls - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving
Head to Bealls’ website before you shop in-store on Thursday to get a free coupon for $10 off your $25 purchase. You can also get a coupon for 60% off your purchase between midnight and 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday, or grab a coupon for 50% off your purchase between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Black Friday. Late-day shoppers can enjoy a tiered offer of up to $20 off their purchase of $100 or more.
Bed Bath & Beyond - 6:00 a.m. Black Friday
Customers will receive a coupon for 20% off their purchase from 6 a.m. until noon on Black Friday. The coupon is valid all day so shoppers can return to the store later on Friday for redemption. Deals include a Keurig brewer and a Dyson sale with savings of up to $150.
Belk - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
In their earliest opening ever, Belk will welcome customers starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Stores will remain open continuously until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. The first 250 customers at each store will receive a free gift card of at least $5, with a $1,000 gift card winner guaranteed in every store. Track down their print ad to get a coupon for 15% off regular and sale purchases until 1 p.m. Friday.
Best Buy - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
While the doors open at 5 p.m., Best Buy staff will be handing out tickets for doorbuster items two hours in advance. Best Buy will remain open until 2 a.m. on Friday, and then reopen at 8:00 a.m. with more doorbuster tickets being issued an hour prior. Top deals include $100 off all iPad Air 2 models, and $79.99 for Beats by Dre Solo HD On-Ear Headphones.
Big Lots - 7:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
One of the few retailers calling their sale “Thanksgiving Day Deals,” Big Lots is offering savings through midnight and reopening at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Look for buy one, get one half-off deals on electronics and toys, plus clip the $10 off coupon from the Black Friday ad for savings between Nov. 30 and Dec. 13.
BJ's Wholesale - 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
BJ’s is offering a full week of deals starting Nov. 22, with instant savings of up to $1,000 available on Black Friday. BJ’s is closed on Thanksgiving, but opens at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday and will continue to offer deals through Dec. 1.
Bon-Ton - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
The popular department store located primarily in the Midwest and Northeast will open on Thanksgiving, offering over 600 doorbusters to eager customers. The first 200 people lined up will receive a gift card with values ranging from $5 to $250. Exclusive online doorbusters will be available starting at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Burlington Coat Factory - 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
Doors open at a reasonable time on Black Friday, with savings on everything from toys to apparel to luggage to gift baskets. Shop until 11 p.m. on Friday and gifts for every budget.
Cabela’s - 5:00 a.m. Black Friday
The first 600 in line will be eligible to receive free gifts such as a Browning rifle, Champion power washer, Zeiss Terra riflescope, electric smoker or a store gift card. Deals are good for five hours only on Black Friday.
Costco - ?? Black Friday
Costco is sticking to its promise to remain closed on Thanksgiving. A Black Friday opening time hasn’t been announced, but shoppers can enjoy Instant Savings like $150 off an HP Envy TouchSmart Laptop, $30 off a Garmin 5” GPS unit, and $130 of a Nikon Digital Camera. Shoppers will also be treated to a free Fabulous Food cookbook just for coming in, while supplies last.
CVS/Pharmacy - ?? Thanksgiving
Most locations of CVS/Pharmacy kick off Black Friday one day early, though opening times vary and pharmacy hours will also vary. Save on essentials like batteries and supplements, plus enjoy tons of BOGO deals on items like toys, candy and holiday lights.
Dell - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
No need to wait in the cold for these deals. Dell will be offering rotating “doorbusters” starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday and continuing through Black Friday. Deals like a 32” LG HDTV for $120 off are guaranteed between 8:00 a.m and 10:00 p.m. ET on Friday. Many orders are also eligible for free ground shipping and extended returns.
Dick’s Sporting Goods - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Doorbuster deals at Dick’s will be available in-store from 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 2 p.m on Black Friday, though online shoppers can shop all day on Thursday, Nov. 27. Qualifying purchases on Thanksgiving Night and Black Friday include a $20 credit for a future purchase of $100 or more. Grab their ad to save an extra $15 on select athletic apparel and footwear purchases of $59 or more.
Family Dollar - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Most locations of Family Dollar will be open through 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Look for such deals as buy-one-get-one-free on toys and buy-one-get-one 75-percent off on holiday decor.
GameStop - 12:01 a.m. Black Friday
Over 4,000 locations of Gamestop will open doors at 12:01 a.m. on Black Friday, while remaining stores will open at 5:00 a.m. that day. Top deals include Grand Theft Auto Online Shark Cash Cards for 50-percent off, and an Xbox One 4Shot Headset for $59.99 ($100 savings).
Gander Mtn. - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Doors open early on Thanksgiving and will remain open through midnight. Gander Mtn. will reopen at 5 a.m. on Black Friday and is also running special sales starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The first 100 people in line on Friday will be treated to their choice of free giveaways including a GoPro Camera (one per store), Mitchell spinning reel (one per store) and three other products, or $20 Gander Cash.
Gordmans - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
SGordmans will open its doors a full eleven hours earlier than last year, and will remain open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. On Thursday, the first 300 visitors will receive a special shopping bag for a 25-percent discount on everything that fits inside. On Friday, new doorbusters will be offered between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m, and Black Friday circular holders will have access to a coupon for an extra 15-percent off (excluding doorbusters).
Half Price Books - 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
The first 100 shoppers at Half Price Books receive a free tote bag and $5 gift card, with one tote containing a $100 gift card. Coupons are also available for $5 off purchases of $25 or more, or $15 off purchases of $50 or more.
Harbor Freight Tools - 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
Harbor Freight is having a three-day sale, but bargains are first-come, first-served. Once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. Look for savings of up to 80 percent, including a Chicago Electric 12” Sliding Compound Miter Saw for $137.99 (regularly $299.99).
HomeGoods - Between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
The popular discount home goods store will open its doors on Friday, but specific opening times vary by location.
JCPenney - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Doorbuster pricing is valid from opening through 1:00 p.m. on Black Friday, and the traditional snow-globe giveaway tradition will continue (though details are sparse). While supplies last, customers will receive a coupon for $10 off purchases of $10 or more at the door. 1 out of every 100 of those coupons will be for $100 off purchases of $100 or more.
JoAnn Fabrics - 6:00 a.m. Black Friday
Holiday decor, flannel fabric prints and electronic cutters are just a few of the doorbusters from JoAnn. Doors also open at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, should you need some last-minute decor or craft items for your Thanksgiving table. Pick up their circular for access to a coupon for 25% off your total purchase from 6 a.m. to noon only on Black Friday, plus a coupon for 50% off any one regular-priced item to use anytime on Black Friday.
Kmart - 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Kmart is opening early on Thanksgiving and will stay open continuously until Friday evening. Thursday morning doorbusters begin at 6:00 a.m., with a new round of doorbusters being offered at 7:00 p.m. A third round of doorbusters will be offered at 6:00 a.m. on Black Friday, with deals on toys, cookware, apparel, shoes and electronics.
Kohl’s - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Kohl’s is opening two hours earlier than last year, and will remain open until 1:00 p.m. on Black Friday. Deals include 50-percent off a host of popular toys from Playskool, Fisher-Price, Barbie and Hot Wheels; $99.99 for a 32” LED HDTV; and $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.
Lowe’s - 5:00 a.m. Black Friday
Stores won’t open until Friday, but many deals are available online starting at midnight on Thanksgiving. According to the series of Vine videos posted to their Black Friday page, Lowe’s will be offering such deals as $199 for a DeWalt Miter Saw (regularly $299), $449 for the Dyson DC65 Animal (regularly $599) and $59 for a 10’ inflatable Santa (regularly $119).
Macy’s - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Gone are the days when the only thing Macy’s did on Thanksgiving was host that little parade in NYC. This year, Macy’s was the first retailer to announce their “Black Friday” opening time at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than last year. Clothes and home goods are on sale at Macy’s starting at 6 p.m., and their circular offers extra coupons for $10 or $25 off your purchase (doorbusters not included).
Marshalls - Between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
Like its fellow TJX Stores retailers, Marshalls will not be opening its doors on Thanksgiving. Check with your local store to determine specific opening times and hours on Black Friday.
Meijer - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
There are a number of doorbuster deals, with highlights including $290 off an Element 48” LED HDTV on Thursday; $44.50 LeapFrog LeapPad 2 tablet (50-percent savings) on Friday; and $40 off a Canon ELPH 135 digital camera. Many offers also include a merchandise credit good for future purchases.
Michael’s - 4:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Michael’s will open its doors from 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to 2:00 a.m. on Friday, and again at 7 a.m. on Friday. Shoppers on both Thursday and Friday can get an extra 30% off their purchase, including sale items, with coupons featured on the store’s Black Friday ad.
Modell’s Sporting Goods - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Modell’s is open from 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving until 1 a.m. on Black Friday, reopening at 6 a.m. on Friday with deals good through 3 p.m. that day. Look for deep discounts on Nike and Adidas products.
New York & Company - ?? Thanksgiving
Opening times vary by store, but New York & Company will be offering huge deals all of Thanksgiving week. On Thanksgiving and Black Friday, shoppers can expect to find most items for 50 to 80-percent off, plus enjoy an extra 10-percent of their purchases.
Office Depot - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Though brick-and-mortar locations will be open for three hours Thursday evening, deals will be available online all day Thanksgiving Day. Save $250 on the Dell Inspiron 15” Touchscreen Laptop or $70 on tablets from Android and Samsung.
Old Navy - 4:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Most locations of Old Navy will open on Thanksgiving afternoon and remain open through Black Friday. Stores will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and close at 10:00 p.m. The first 100 shoppers at every store can enter to win $1 million, and everyone will enjoy 50% off everything on both Thursday and Friday.
Payless Shoes - ?? Thanksgiving
The Black Friday ad from Payless advertises doorbusters for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, but a specific opening time is not posted. Check with your local store for more information, and enjoy such deals as 2 for $25 Flurry Mocs (regularly $29.99 each) and $9.99 men’s slippers (regularly $24.99).
Petco - ?? Black Friday
When doors will open on Friday is still up in the air, but the free ornament picture frame is not. Arrive early and use a Pals card with any purchase to receive the ornament with your pet’s photo, plus get a free $20 Shutterfly gift card while supplies last.
PetSmart - 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
Though doors open on Black Friday, rumor has it PetSmart’s deals will be available online starting at 7:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving. There are too many products on sale to list here, but PetSmart boasts 50% savings on thousands of items. The first 100 customers through the doors on Black Friday will receive a free stocking plus more than $100 in coupons.
Radio Shack - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Over 3,000 stores will open from 8 a.m. to noon on Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 5 p.m. and close at midnight. The first 50 customers to cross store thresholds will receive a free pair of touchscreen gloves, plus be the first to access such deals as the Garmin nuvi 5” GPS for $89.99 and Beats Solo HD Drenched in Color for $69.99 (after mail-in rebate).
Rite Aid - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Most Rite Aid locations will open their doors by 8:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Some of the top savings are on Christmas decor and other holiday supplies.
Sam’s Club - 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
Like last year, Sam’s Club will open at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday, though shoppers can find exclusive online-only deals beginning on Thanksgiving Day. Top deals include the iPhone 6 for $99 (with plan activation), a Vizio 60” Ultra HDTV for $998 and a 0.96 carat tw diamond fashion pendant for $699.
Sears - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Sears is opening on Thanksgiving and will remain open “through the end of the sales day” Black Friday. Thanksgiving deals include a pair of ¼ ct. diamond earrings in sterling silver for $24.99 (regularly priced $119.99) with any purchase of $19.99 or more. On Friday, shoppers will find across-the-board deals like 40% off Kenmore appliance “hot buys” and up to $150 off Dyson.
Shopko - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Over 850 doorbuster deals will be available from Shopko from 6 p.m. Thursday to 12 p.m. Friday, with deals like $109.99 for the Kindle Fire HD 7” Tablet and assorted DVDs for $6.99. Shoppers can get a headstart on the deals by shopping online Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Sierra Trading Post - 6:00 a.m. Black Friday
The first 100 guests through the doors on Black Friday will receive a free gift card valued at $25 to $500. The first 200 guests will also receive an extra 10-percent off everything (except doorbusters). Casual shoppers will receive a $10 eDeals card for every purchase of $50 or more on Friday and Saturday.
Sports Authority - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Sports Authority will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, closing at midnight and opening again at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. The first 50 people in line on Thursday are eligible for a free Sports Authority logo chair. The first 80 people in the store on both Thursday and Friday are eligible to win up to $500 worth of bonus bucks. While bonus bucks can be spent on anything in the store, they can only be used on Black Friday.
Sportsman’s Warehouse - 6:00 a.m. Black Friday
Sportsman’s Warehouse will open its doors at 6 a.m. on Black Friday, with doorbusters lasting until 10 a.m. The hottest deals include a Burris C4 3-9x40MM scope for $149.99 (regularly $299.99) and Rustic Ridge waders for $89.99 (regularly $179.99).
Staples - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Staples will be opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than last year. Doors will reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Black Friday, with sales prices good until end-of-business Saturday. Look for deep discounts on smartphones, tablets and laptops including a Samsung 7” Galaxy Tab 3 Lite for $99.99 (regularly $159.99).
Stein Mart - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Stein Mart is opening for five hours on Thanksgiving, closing at 10:00 p.m. and reopening on Black Friday at 7:00 a.m. Be sure to pick up one of their Black Friday flyers for a Scratch & Savings discount of up to $100 off.
Target - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Target’s doors will open two hours earlier than last year and will have special offers throughout the weekend. Doorbuster deals are available in every department, but electronics deals are especially sweet: shoppers can get the Element 40” 1080p LED HDTV for just $119, plus the XBox One Bundle with two Assassin’s Creed games and a bonus $50 gift card for $329.99. From 6 a.m. to noon on Friday, shoppers can enjoy 10-percent off Target gift cards.
TJMaxx - Between 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Black Friday
Depending on the chain and location, TJMaxx stores will be open during the early hours of Black Friday. Check your local store for details.
Toys ‘R Us - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Toys ‘R Us has over 200 doorbusters including deals available only between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. “Bonus” doorbusters will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Prices are good through close-of-business Saturday and include BOGO 70-percent off Disney Infinity 2.0 Figures, LeapFrog LeapsterGS Explorer for $24.99 (regularly $69.99), and Crayola Fabulous Art Coloring Kit for $10 (regularly $26.99).
Walgreens - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Forget about shopping Friday, Walgreens is cutting right to the chase. They’ll be open until 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving with special savings storewide. Track down their circular for a 50-percent off coupon for children’s toys priced at $9.99, good for Thursday only. You can also get a $10 Walgreens gift card with purchase of any $30 iTunes Gift Card Multipack.
Walmart - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
In-store shoppers can expect two doorbuster events at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, plus a 6:00 a.m. promotion on Black Friday, too. Select doorbusters have a one-hour in-stock guarantee, meaning you can buy a sold-out doorbuster at any time for the same price and get it shipped to your local store in time for Christmas.