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 53 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, but if the past two years are any indication, most stores will open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday. ACE shoppers should pick up the store’s Black Friday ad for coupons toward purchases on each day of the three-day sale.
A.C. Moore - 5:00 a.m Friday
In addition to deep discounts on crafting supplies, get 50% off Crayola products as well as Vera Bradley-inspired totes and duffel bags for just $9.94. The print ad also features a coupon for 60% off one regular-price item from noon-10 p.m. or 40% off the total purchase price from 5 a.m. to noon.
Aeropostale - Opening Time Varies
Most Aeropostale stores are located in malls, making an exact opening impossible to pinpoint. Just about everything is 60% off, and they’ll be giving away free Skullcandy earbuds to customers spending $100 or more while supplies last.
American Eagle - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Select American Eagle stores will open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, offering a free cinch bag to customers who spend $60 or more. Reported by The NY Times.
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. Friday
Deals at Bass Pro begin on Nov. 29, 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
The first 50 Bealls shoppers on Thursday will receive a scratch-off card featuring either a $10 coupon (48 cards), $50 gift card (1 card) or $100 gift card (1 card). Additionally, customers who bring in Bealls Black Friday ad will get an extra 25% off one item.
Bed Bath & Beyond - 6:00 a.m. 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 Dyson sales event starting online at midnight and in-store at 6 a.m. on Friday.
Belk - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
In their earliest opening ever, Belk will welcome customers starting at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving. 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 - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving
While the doors open at 6 p.m., Best Buy staff will be handing out tickets for doorbuster items two hours in advance. Deal seekers should wait around for Midnight Mystery Doorbusters, a preview of which will be available after 10 p.m. CT on Thanksgiving.
Big Lots - 7:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
One of the few retailers calling their sale “Thanksgiving Day Deals,” Big Lots is offering savings through 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Find Disney Blu-ray movies for $8, or buy one, get one 50% off on select radio-controlled vehicles.
BJ’s Wholesale - 7:00 a.m. Friday
BJ’s is offering a full week of deals starting Nov. 24, with instant savings of up to $150 available on Black Friday. BJ’s is closed on Thanksgiving, but opens at 7 a.m. on Black Friday and will continue to offer deals through Dec. 1.
Bon-Ton - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
The popular department store located primarily in the Midwest and Northeast will open on Thanksgiving, with doorbuster pricing valid through 2 p.m. on Black Friday. Doorbusters and other deals will be available online “all day Thanksgiving Day.” Shoppers can save an extra $10 on non-doorbuster purchases with a coupon featured in the store’s Black Friday ad.
Cabela’s - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Get in line for doorbuster deals at Cabela’s that include over $8,700 in prizes. The first 600 in line will be eligible to receive free gifts such as a Browning rifle, an electric smoker or a store gift card. Deals are good for five hours only on Black Friday.
Costco - ?? Friday
A Black Friday opening time hasn’t been announced, but deals on six Samsung products start on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 9:00 a.m. All other offers are available starting Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, and the majority of deals are available online. There’s also a selection of online-only deals including tools, toys and electronics.
CVS/Pharmacy - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Most locations of CVS/Pharmacy kick off Black Friday one day early, though pharmacy hours will vary. Save on essentials like batteries and supplements, plus enjoy tons of BOGO deals on items like toys, candy, detergent and paper goods.
Dell - Midnight Thanksgiving
No need to wait in the cold for these deals. Dell will be offering rotating “doorbusters” starting at midnight on Thursday and continuing through Black Friday. Many orders are also eligible for free ground shipping.
Dick’s Sporting Goods - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Doorbuster deals at Dick’s will be available in-store from 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to 2 p.m on Black Friday, though online shoppers can shop all day on Thursday, Nov. 28. Qualifying purchases include a $20 credit for a future purchase of $100 or more. Grab their ad to save an extra $15 on athletic apparel and footwear purchases of $59 or more.
Fred’s Super Dollar - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Big-ticket items available from Fred’s Super Dollar include everything from tools to electronics. Sales only last for one day, so stop in Friday to score savings like 20% off iTunes gift cards.
GameStop - Midnight Thanksgiving
Over 4,000 locations of Gamestop will open doors at midnight on Thanksgiving, while remaining stores will open at 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Top deals include Battlefield 4 for PS3, Xbox 360 or PC for $29.99 ($30 savings) and PlayStation Plus Membership for $29.99 ($20 savings).
Gander Mtn. - 8:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Doors open early on Thanksgiving and will remain open through 2 a.m. on Friday. Gander Mtn. will reopen at 6 a.m. on Black Friday and advertises over 5,000 deals including a free $20 store gift card on select brand purchases of $100 or more.
Gordmans - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Specials at Gordmans will only be available until 1 p.m. Friday with discounts up to 85% off. The first 300 visitors will receive a special shopping bag for a 25% discount on everything that fits inside.
Half Price Books - 7:00 a.m. 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. A coupon is also available for 40% off any single item, or $15 off purchases of $50 or more.
Harbor Freight Tools - 7:00 a.m. 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.
JCPenney - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Last year, JCPenney was one of the last stores to open on Black Friday. This year, they’re joining the early birds and opening their doors on Turkey Day. Mickey Mouse snowglobes will be distributed to early-bird shoppers on Black Friday starting at 4 a.m., while supplies last.
JoAnn Fabrics - 6:00 a.m. Friday
Holiday decor, flannel fabric prints and electronic cutters are just a few of the doorbusters from JoAnn. Doors open again at 7 a.m. on Nov. 30 with a special in-store offer of 25% off total purchases or 50% off one regular-priced item.
Kmart - 6:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Kmart takes the prize for earliest Black Friday opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving. Unlike last year, the retailer will stay open continuously to 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
Kohl’s - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Kohl’s will pay for the purchases of eight randomly selected shoppers -- four in-store and four online -- beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Lowe’s - 5:00 a.m. Friday
Stores won’t open until Friday, but many deals are available online starting at midnight on Thanksgiving. Online orders over $19 include free shipping.
Macy’s - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
For the first time in the popular retailer’s 155-year history, Macy’s is opening its doors on Thanksgiving. Clothes and home goods are on sale at Macy’s starting at 8 p.m., including doorbuster deals like $99.99 for a Keurig (regularly $174.99) and $79.99 for select Tommy Hilfiger outerwear (regularly $195 to $200).
Meijer - 6:00 a.m. Friday
There are a number of doorbuster deals, but the highlight is a Sony Smart Wi-Fi Blu-ray player for $54.99 (regularly $119.99). 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. to 11:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, 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 - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Modell’s is open from 8:00 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.
Office Depot - 8:00 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 $100 on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet or $30 on tablets from APEX, Lenovo and Google Nexus.
OfficeMax - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Doors open on Thanksgiving and OfficeMax has deals on more than paper clips and rubber bands. Both computers and tablets are featured at big markdowns.
Old Navy - 9:00 a.m. Thanksgiving
Most locations of Old Navy will open on Thanksgiving morning and remain open until 4:00 p.m. Stores will reopen at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening and remain open continuously through midnight on Black Friday. The first 500 shoppers at every store can enter to win $1 million, and everyone will enjoy 50% off everything on both Thursday and Friday.
Petco - Sometime on Black Friday
When doors will open on Friday is still up in the air, but the free pair of dog antlers is not. Arrive early and use a Pals card with any purchase to receive the festive pet accessory.
PetSmart - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Though doors open on Black Friday, rumor has it PetSmart’s deals will be available online starting at 6:00 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. Friday
Radio Shack is opening two hours later than last year, but consumers can start shopping online during Thanksgiving. Deals include the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $49.99 (regularly $199.99) and a SanDisk Flash Drive for $7.99 (regularly $49.99).
Rite Aid - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Most Rite Aid locations will open their doors early on 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 a Vizio 55” LED Smart TV for $548 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $0.96 with 2-year activation.
Sears - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Sears is opening on Thanksgiving and will remain open until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. Thanksgiving deals include an extra 20% off fine jewelry already discounted up to 75% off, plus deep discounts on big appliances. On Friday, shoppers will find across-the-board deals like 25% off Dyson and 30% off Kenmore appliances.
Shoe Carnival - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving
Shoe Carnival will open from 6:00 p.m. through midnight on Thanksgiving, and reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Black Friday. The first 100 customers through the doors on Thanksgiving will receive a Holiday Surprise Reward Card valued for at least $10.
Shopko - 8 p.m. Thanksgiving
Over 850 doorbuster deals will be available from Shopko from 8 p.m. Thursday to 12 p.m. Friday, with select doorbusters available at 5 a.m. on Black Friday. Shoppers can get a headstart on the deals by shopping online Wednesday, Nov. 27.
Sports Authority - 6 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 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 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 Ledge Ridge +30 Classic Sleeping bags for $9.99 (regularly $24.99) and a Chard Electric Meat Grinder for $39.99 (regularly $79.99).
Staples - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
For the first time in the retailer’s history, Staples will be opening its doors on Thanksgiving Day at 8 p.m. It will remain open until midnight, and then reopen again at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Look for deep discounts on smartphones, tablets and laptops including a Samsung Galaxy S4 Android for $49.99 with 2-year contract.
Stein Mart - 7:00 a.m. Friday
Make sure to grab one of their print ads to take advantage of the Scratch and Save promotion. Instant savings up to $100 are available between 7 a.m. and noon on Friday.
Target - 8:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Target’s doors will open one hour earlier than last year and will remain open through 11 p.m. on Black Friday. Doorbuster deals are available in every department, but the iPad offer is especially sweet - $100 Target gift card with an iPad purchase, including iPad Air.
Toys ‘R Us - 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Toys ‘R Us will be open from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and will reopen at 5:00 a.m. on Black Friday. Hot deals include Let’s Rock Elmo for $19.99 (regularly $69.99); Furby Boom for $29.99 (regularly $59.99); and the Leapfrog LeadPad 2 Explorer for $39.99 (regularly $99.99).
Victoria’s Secret - Opening Time Varies
Depending on store location, opening times will vary. While it is yet to be officially confirmed for this year, Victoria’s Secret has given away a tote bag stuffed with freebies for shoppers spending $65 or more in previous years.
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. Get a free Redbox rental from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, plus a $15 Walgreens gift card with purchase of two $25 iTunes gift cards.
Walmart - 6:00 p.m. Thanksgiving
Online discounts will begin the morning of Thanksgiving. In-store shoppers can expect two “major sales events” at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, plus an 8:00 a.m. promotion on Black Friday featuring “manager’s specials” discounts on popular items.