The shopping Black Friday sale? Get started now.
Some of the country’s largest retailers – including Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Kohls – have already started selling, and more will begin before Black Friday itself.
And with the exception of Walmart, most offers are available in stores and online while supplies last. Walmart’s sale started online on Monday and stores will open at 5am on Friday with most of the same sale items.
But the hard-to-find Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, which sold out quickly on Walmart’s online sale, won’t be in store as they were online-only.
In the second year, most major retailers will keep their stores closed on Thanksgiving. (See the list of shops that are also open here.)
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Best Buy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Kohl’s and JCPenney also open at 5 a.m., Macy’s open at 6 a.m. and Target at 7 a.m.
Thanksgiving and Black Friday have been the official start of the Christmas shopping season for years, and the time of year when shoppers focus on the Christmas spending.
This spending frenzy gave Black Friday its name, just like the time of year when retailers were in the black. For almost a decade, this official starting gun has been getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving and eating into the time people used to spend at the holiday table.
But the pandemic’s second Christmas shopping season continues to be different from previous years.
This year, buyers should expect a triple blow with fewer offers, more items that are out of stock, and shipping delays due to ongoing supply chain bottlenecks.
More shoppers are expected to show up in stores than last Black Friday, which was “the quietest in 20 years,” according to a report by Coresight Research, as real pedestrian traffic plummeted due to pandemic fears.
It is expected that online shopping will continue to increase. the National Retail Association, the largest retail group in the country, believes the increase in Christmas sales could wipe out last year’s record season despite expected higher prices.
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Shop opening times on Black Friday 2021
To help you plan your in-store purchase, see the Black Friday store opening times here. Note that opening times may vary depending on the location and the times at which roadside pick-up is available may differ from the opening times of the store. Check with your nearest location. Click Business Name to find location-specific information.
Akademie Sport + Outdoor: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Ace-Hardware: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
At home: 8 until 11 p.m.
Badcock home furniture & more: Most shops open at 9am
Banana Republic: Varies.
Barnes & Noble: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops: Open at 5 a.m.
Bath and body work: Many stores open at 6 a.m.
Batteries more: Varies.
Bealls Florida: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bealls Outlet: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Bed bath in addition: Open at 6 a.m.
Belk: Open at 7 a.m.
Best buy: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Big lots: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
BJ’s wholesale club: Open at 7 a.m.
Boscovs: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Burlington: 7 a.m. to midnight
buy buy baby: Open at 8 a.m.
Cabelas: Open at 5 a.m.
Costco Wholesale Club: Varies, but most open earlier than regular Friday hours.
CVS: Regular opening times.
Dick’s sporting goods: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dillards: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Five down: Open at 8 a.m.
GameStop: Open at 7 a.m.
Guitar center: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hobby-Lobby: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Home depot: Open at 6 a.m.
Housewares: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
JCPenney: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Joann Stores: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kay Jewelers: Varies, but many are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kohls: Open at 5 a.m.
Lowes: Open at 6 a.m.
Macys: 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
Marshalls: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Menarden: Open at 6 a.m.
Michaels: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack: Opening times vary.
Office Depot/OfficeMax: Regular opening times, most open at 8 a.m.
Other Marines: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
PetSmart: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sam’s club: Varies based on membership level.
Shoe carnival: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Staples: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
target: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
TJ Maxx: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Traktor Supply Co.: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Ulta beauty: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Walgreens: Regular opening times.
Walmart: 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
World market: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Zales: Varies, but many are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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This story will be updated.
Contributor: David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press