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 over 50 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.
Ace Hardware - Opening Time Varies
Opening times vary for Ace Hardware franchises, their circular advertises a Thanksgiving Day Sale starting on Wednesday, Nov. 15, nearly 10 days ahead of Black Friday! Shoppers who have access to Ace's Black Friday ad should clip coupons for 50% off one item under $30, or $15 off one item over $30, on Friday, Nov. 24, plus a coupon for $10 off a regular-priced purchase of $50 or more on Saturday and Sunday.
A.C. Moore - 5am Friday
In addition to deep discounts on crafting supplies, get 60% off holiday floral and decor (regular price), BOGO 50% off family games, and blanket scarves for $7.88 (reg. $14.99). The print ad also features a coupon for 60% off one regular-price item from noon to close on Friday, or 40% off the total regular-price purchase from 5am to noon on Friday.
Babies 'R Us - 8am Friday
Unlike Toys ‘R Us, Babies ‘R Us stores won’t be open on Thanksgiving, inviting shoppers at 8am on Black Friday.
Bass Pro Shops - 5am Friday
Deals at Bass Pro Shops begin on Nov. 22, and stores will be open from 8am to 6pm on Thanksgiving. Wednesday and Thursday shoppers will have access to a Remington 870 Express shotgun for $199.97, though a $60 mail-in rebate is required. The biggest savings at Bass Pro will be found in their 6-hour Sale from 5-11am on Friday. Everything from fleece to fishing equipment is marked down, including $10 Bass Pro Shops-branded hoodies for the whole family.
Bealls - 6pm Thanksgiving
Doors open at 6pm on Thanksgiving and doorbusters are good through 11pm, with Black Friday deals resuming at 6am on Black Friday. Head to Bealls’ website before you shop in-store on Thursday to get a free coupon for $10 off your $25 purchase or 25% off your purchase. You can also get a coupon for 40% off the entire stock of clearance between 6pm on Thanksgiving and 10pm on Black Friday, with savings of up to 92%. The first 200 shoppers will be entered to win gift cards for up to $500 and coupons for an extra 10% off purchases. Saturday shoppers can enjoy a tiered offer of up to $20 off their purchase of $100 or more.
Bed Bath & Beyond - 6am Friday
Customers will receive a coupon for 20% off their purchase from 6am until noon on Black Friday. The coupon is valid all day so shoppers can return to the store later on Friday for redemption. Online shoppers can sign up to receive a coupon code for 20% off their order plus free shipping, with code redemption available starting on Thanksgiving Day. Look for savings on everything from coffeemakers and cookware to vacuums. Standout deals include a Nespresso VertuoPlus Coffee and Espresso Maker for $79.99 with coupon (originally $199.99) and a Dyson Ball Animal 2 Upright Vacuum for $299.99 with coupon (currently $499.99).
Belk - 4pm Thanksgiving
For the second year, Belk is welcoming customers at 4pm on Thanksgiving, remaining open until 1am on Black Friday and reopening again at 6am. The retailer will be giving away $1 million in gift cards on Thursday, with one customer receiving a gift card for $1,000 in every store. On Friday, customers could receive a gift card for up to $250. Shoppers will earn $15 in Belk Bucks for every $75 spent and can also save $10 for purchases of $50 or more with a coupon. All doorbusters and Black Friday deals are available online as well as in store through Saturday, Nov. 25, with Belk dropping the shipping threshold to $25.
Best Buy - 5pm Thanksgiving
While the doors open at 5 pm, Best Buy staff will be handing out tickets for doorbuster items two hours in advance. Best Buy will remain open until 1 am on Friday, and then reopen at 8:00 am with more doorbuster tickets being issued an hour prior. Top deals include an XBox One S 500GB Madden NFL 18 Bundle for $229.99, a Samsung 65” 4K Ultra HDTV for $749.99, and a KitchenAid Professional 500 Series Stand Mixer for $199.99.
Big Lots - 7am Thanksgiving
Big Lots is offering savings through midnight on Thanksgiving and reopening at 6am on Black Friday and 8am on Saturday. Look for BOGO offers on clothing, toys and electronic accessories, plus receive a coupon for up to $40 off for savings between Nov. 26 and Dec. 1.
BJ's Wholesale - 7am Friday
BJ’s is offering 10 days of deals starting Nov. 17 and will not be open on Thanksgiving. The warehouse club will open at 7am on Black Friday and will continue to offer deals (while supplies last) through Nov. 27. Top deals include a Samsung 55” 4K HDR Smart TV for $499.99 (reg. $799.99), a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System for $99.99 (reg. $149.99), and a 2-pack of Spa & Wellness $25 gift cards for $34.99.
Bon-Ton - 5pm Thanksgiving
The popular department store located primarily in the Midwest and Northeast will open on Thanksgiving, offering over 700 doorbusters to eager customers. Doorbusters will be available to online customers all day on Thanksgiving as well. The first 200 people lined up will receive a gift card with values ranging from $5 to $500. Get your hands on their Black Friday ad for a coupon for $10 off any item of $10 or more, to be used on a regular or sale price item between 5pm Thursday and 3pm Friday.
Boscov's - 6pm Thanksgiving
Doors open at 6pm on Thursday and will remain open until 1am, with sleepy-eyed store associates welcoming guests again at 6am on Black Friday. Doorbusters will be available all weekend while supplies last. Look for savings on cookware, clothing and accessories, including $100 off a 4.5qt KitchenAid Stand Mixer and up to 77% off children’s clothing.
Burlington - 7am Friday
Burlington will feature deals on Friday in every department. Look for jewelry and watches starting at $5.99, home decor starting at $7.99 and electronic drones for just $39.99.
Cabela's - 5am Friday
While Cabela’s will be open at 8am on Thanksgiving, Black Friday deals won’t be available until 5am on Friday. In keeping with previous years, Cabela’s Black Friday sale will last five hours and the first 600 people to walk through the doors will be entered to win guns, fishing reels, gift cards and more. Deals include down jackets for $49.99 and Clarks-brand slippers for $19.99. Weekend shoppers will get up to $100 in Cabela’s Bucks, too.
Costco - 9am Friday
Costco is sticking to its promise to remain closed on Thanksgiving, though online shoppers will have access to select holiday deals beginning on Nov. 23. Shoppers can enjoy Instant Savings like $100 off a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR 2 Lens Bundle and $50 off a Fitbit Charge 2 Activity Tracker, with deals available through Nov. 27. Costco also has an assortment of online-only discounts between Nov. 23 and Nov. 27, with deals like $100 off a Sony Playstation 4 Bundle and $350 off an HP Pavilion 15.6” Touchscreen Laptop.
CVS Pharmacy - Various Times
Based on Location, 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. Online shoppers are treated to free shipping plus 30% off between Nov. 23 and Nov. 25.
Dell - 11am Thanksgiving ONLINE
No need to wait in the cold for these deals. Dell will be offering rotating “doorbusters” online starting at 11am on Thursday and continuing through Black Friday. Get free shipping on all orders and submit your orders fast because these deals tend to disappear! Top offers include $129.99 for a 14” Inspiron laptop (starting at 6pm Thursday) and $599.99 for a Vizio 60” 4K Ultra HD Smart TV with $200 Dell eGift card (starting at 11pm Thursday). Friday deals include a Thrustmaster & Forza Racing Bundle for $259.99 (starting 12pm Friday) and a Vizio SmartCast 36” Wireless Sound Bar System for $169.99 (starting at 4pm Friday).
Dick's Sporting Goods - 6pm Thanksgiving
Doorbuster deals at Dick’s will be available in-store starting at 6pm Thanksgiving Day. Stores close at 2am on Black Friday and reopen at 5am, with doorbusters available until 2pm. Qualifying purchases on Thanksgiving Night and Black Friday include a $20 credit for a future purchase of $100 or more. Grab their ad for coupons to save an extra $15 on select athletic apparel or footwear purchases of $59.99 or more.
Dollar General - 7am Thanksgiving
Dollar General stores will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thanksgiving with one-day only deals. Shoppers can save 50 percent off all Christmas trees, ornaments and lighting, buy one get one free on As Seen on TV toys and $20 off WiFi operated drones. Some deals will last through the holiday weekend, including buy one get one 75 percent off on toys.
Fred Meyer - 5am Friday
If you’re hungry on Black Friday, make your first stop at Fred Meyer, who is offering coffee, juice and donuts to early-bird shoppers. The first 100 patrons will also receive a gift card. Shop such deals as buy one, get one free board games, gloves for $0.99, and buy one, get one free dolls and action figures.
GameStop - 4pm Thanksgiving
GameStop is changing it up this year and will be open on Thanksgiving at 4pm. Deals will extend throughout the weekend. Offers include games starting as low as $14, up to $100 off Playstation 4 consoles and free gift cards with select purchases. Shoppers will also have a chance to get a pre-owned Xbox for $0 with mail-in rebate.
Half Price Books - 9am 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. All shoppers can enjoy 20% off storewide. Half Price Books is closed on Thanksgiving.
Harbor Freight Tools - 7am 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 88% including a 12” Sliding Compound Double-Bevel Miter Saw for $127.99 and a wireless surveillance system for $197.99.
H-E-B - 6am Friday
Enjoy one-day only savings from H-E-B stores starting at 6am on Black Friday, with deals on clothing, electronics, toys and home goods. Top offers include 50% off all apparel and accessories, $300 off a 60” Hitachi Smart 4K Ultra HDTV with Built-In Roku, and select Blu-ray movies for $10.
Home Depot - 6am Friday
Everyone’s favorite home improvement retailer is joining a handful of others in abstaining from opening on Thanksgiving, choosing instead to open early for Black Friday shoppers. Online shoppers have access to top discounts starting 24 hours before doors open, at 6am on Thanksgiving. Top deals include poinsettias for $0.99 (reg. $4.98), a Ridgid 16-gallon wet/dry vacuum for $39.88 (reg. $99.99), and a 7.5’ pre-lit Christmas tree for $79 (reg. $199).
JCPenney - 2pm Thanksgiving
JCPenney is opening a full hour earlier this year, making it the first retailer to welcome in-store shoppers on Thanksgiving Day. Doors will remain open for 32 hours, through 10pm on Black Friday. Online shoppers can access JCPenney’s Black Friday sale starting Sunday, Nov. 19. Like last year, an unknown number of Thanksgiving in-store shoppers will receive a coupon for either $10 off $10, $100 off $100 or $500 off $500, while supplies last. Doorbusters include Cooks-brand cookware for $9.99 (after $10 mail-in rebate); hardside luggage for $39.99 (reg. $180 to $220); and sheet sets for $12.99 (reg. $50).
JoAnn Fabrics - 6am Wednesday & Friday
Similar to last year, JoAnn Fabrics will be closed on Thanksgiving, but they’re giving you an extra day of deals! Shop Wednesday and Friday doorbusters for up to 70% off flannel and holiday fabrics, ornaments and more. Pick up their circular for access to a coupon for 25% off your total purchase from 6am to noon, which includes sale products but excludes doorbusters.
Kmart - 6pm Thanksgiving
Kmart is opening an hour earlier than last year, with doorbusters offered until 2pm on Black Friday. If you’d rather not shop on Thanksgiving, Kmart stores are opening at 6am on Black Friday, with doorbusters including Barbie beach or Ballerina dolls for just $1.99; Joe’s Jeans for $25; and a Samsung 55” 4K UHD TV for $499.99, plus $50 in cash-back points.
Kohl's - 5pm Thanksgiving
Kohl’s is opening on Thursday, an hour earlier than last year, with deals available online starting Monday, Nov. 20. Top offers include a Sony PS4 ITB Console for $199.99 plus $60 Kohl’s Cash; a Haier 55” 4K HDTV for $299.99 plus $90 Kohl’s Cash; and Toastmaster kitchen appliances for $4.99 with mail-in rebate. During previous Black Friday events, Kohl’s has also offered an extra 15% off to online shoppers! As usual, Kohl’s shoppers can earn $15 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent between Nov. 20 and Nov. 25, redeemable starting Nov. 26.
Macy's - 5pm Thanksgiving
Keeping with last year, Macy’s is opening their doors at 5pm on Thanksgiving, with doorbuster pricing good through 2am Friday. Stores reopen at 6am on Friday, with doorbusters available through 1pm. On Saturday, Macy’s is hosting yet another doorbuster event between 8am and 1pm. In addition to deals on clothing and home goods, in-store shoppers will be treated to freebies including tote bags, glassware sets, Ralph Lauren bedding and BCBG Maxazria perfume. The catch? You have to pay $10 up front and send a mail-in rebate.
Meijer - 6am Friday
Meijer shoppers who line up early will have access to the Nintendo Switch gaming system plus a $30 voucher to use during a subsequent shopping trip. Other deals include BOGO free Hasbro games, Samsung wireless headset for $24.99 (reg. $69.99), and a 50” Samsung Smart 4K UHD TV for $479.99 (reg. $699.99).
Michaels - 6pm Thanksgiving
Michael’s will open its doors from 6pm on Thanksgiving Day, and again at 7am on Friday. Shoppers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday can use hourly coupons, including 30% off purchases (including sale items) from 6pm to midnight Thursday, 25% off purchases (including sale items) from 7am to noon Friday, 40% off from noon to 10pm Friday, and 25 % off 8am to noon on Saturday.
New York & Company - 6pm Thanksgiving
Opening times vary by store, but New York & Company will be offering huge deals all of Thanksgiving week. Fashionistas can started on Wednesday, Nov. 22, with savings of up to 75% off everything. Those who spend $75 or more will receive a free teddy bear while those spending between $50 and $74.99 can buy the bear for just $5. Other top offers include glove and scarf sets for $5 and puffer jackets for less than $20.
Office Depot/Office Max - 7am Black Friday
By far the oddest opening time on Black Friday, doors open just before 8am at Office Depot/Office Max stores. Select doorbusters and online-only deals will be available online starting at 12:01am Thanksgiving Day. Doorbuster pricing is available until 12pm on Friday, with top deals including $400 off an HP 15.6” Laptop with Intel Core Processor and a 16-pack of Duracell AA or AAA batteries for a penny (after rewards).
Petco - ??
When doors will open on Friday is still up in the air, but the free headpiece for your pet is not. Arrive early and use a Pals card with any purchase to receive an antlers headpiece for your dog or cat. Petco is also offering scratcher cards to the first 25 guests featuring a $10 gift card, $5 gift card or a mystery gift. Pets will also receive freebies from the Treat Bar! Top deals include buy one get one 50% off food, treats and toys for dogs and cats, plus 50% off starter kits for reptiles.
PetSmart - 7am Friday
Though doors open at 7 am on Black Friday, PetSmart’s deals will be available online starting at 12am ET on Thanksgiving with free shipping on all orders. Some Black Friday prices will only be valid through 12pm, so make your purchases before then! In addition to 50% savings on hundreds of products, you can also take 50% off Pawdicure Plus walk-in service if your pooch needs his nails clipped!
REI - Closed Thursday and Friday
REI continues to buck the retail trend of opening on Thanksgiving by remaining closed on both Turkey Day and Black Friday. The outdoor retailer encourages everyone to #OptOutside instead, favoring the exploration of nature over the excavation of deals. In fact, online orders won’t be processed on Black Friday, either, so ecommerce shoppers should plan accordingly.
Rite Aid - 7am Friday
Rite Aid locations will open their doors at 7am on Black Friday, and many locations will be open on Thanksgiving. Find numerous buy one, get TWO free deals on everything from holiday wrapping and boxed chocolates to... cereal, mouthwash, “cleansing sponges” and other scintillating holiday buys. Plenti members can earn up to $120 in Plenti points between Thursday and Saturday.
Sam's Club - 7am Friday
In keeping with previous years, Sam’s Club will open at 7am on Black Friday, though shoppers can find exclusive online-only deals beginning at 12:01 am ET on Thanksgiving. Top deals include a Nest Thermostat (3rd Generation) for $199 and an HP 15.6” or 17.3” HD laptop with two-year warranty for $549.
Sears - 6pm Thanksgiving
Sears is opening on Thanksgiving and doorbusters will last through 2pm on Black Friday, with prices and products similar to what the retailer offered in 2016. Look for savings ranging from 10% to 50% on most items, including up to 40% off appliances. Top offers include a Craftsman 320-piece mechanic’s tool set for $149.99 (currently $169.99) and a Kenmore refrigerator for $899.99 (currently $1,299.99).
Shopko - 4pm Thanksgiving
Over 800 doorbuster deals will be available from Shopko from 4pm Thursday to 1pm Friday. The first 100 shoppers will receive a $10 off coupon for home and clothing purchases (good for use on Nov. 25 only), plus a $15 Holiday Bonus Card for redemption anytime between Dec. 1 and 31. Doorbusters include an XBox One S 500GB Console for $189.99 (reg. $279.99); diamond stud earrings for $19.99 (reg. $99.99); and...wait for it...Tidy Cats cat litter for $8.99 (reg. $11.99)! Shoppers can get a headstart on the deals by shopping online Wednesday, Nov. 22.
Staples - 7am Friday
Staples is opening an hour later on Black Friday compared to last year, with online deals available beginning on Thanksgiving. The office supply store’s Black Friday ad encourages shoppers to place orders on Thanksgiving for in-store pickup on Black Friday. This year’s standout deals include an HP Pavilion laptop for $499.99 ($310 savings); an Amazon Echo Dot for $29.99 ($20 savings); and a ream of copy paper for just a penny (after an “easy” rebate).
Target - 6pm Thanksgiving
Target is sticking with its 6pm opening on Thanksgiving and will remain open until midnight, when stores close and reopen at 6am on Black Friday. Doorbuster deals are available in every department, but electronics deals are especially sweet. A 55” LG 4K Ultra HDTV is priced at $499 (reg. $699); a GoPro HERO5 camera is priced at $349.99 (savings of $50) and comes with a $50 Target gift card; and an HP 11.6” Convertible Chromebook is priced at $219 (reg. $299.99). Select REDCard holders will get early access to Black Friday deals on Nov. 22. Apparently cardholders will be selected based on their purchase history and geographic location.
Toys 'R Us - 5pm Thanksgiving
For the fifth consecutive year, Toys ‘R Us stores will be opening at 5pm on Thanksgiving, keeping doors open continuously until 11pm on Black Friday. If you just can’t wait, start shopping at 9pm on Wednesday! Doorbusters up to 50 percent off will be available from 5pm to midnight on Thursday. Top deals this year include a Barbie Career Doll 5-pack for just $24.99, 40 percent off Lego construction sets including Ninjago, and 50 percent off First Act musical instruments and drum sets.
Ulta - 6pm Thanksgiving
Beauty Busters begin online at 5pm CT on Thursday, with stores opening at 6pm. According to Ulta’s teaser ad, shoppers can get buy one get one free on gift sets, select hair care, and cosmetics. Styling tools like irons and hair dryers will also see huge markdowns.
Walgreens - Regular Hours Thanksgiving & Black Friday
While there’s nothing special about Walgreens’ opening times on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, shoppers can find special savings storewide including 50% off skincare and cosmetics gift sets, children’s toys and chocolate gift boxes. You can also find the iLive Wireless Speaker with Amazon Alexa available for $39.99 (reg. $79.99), as well as BOGO free deals on food items, vitamins and more.
Walmart - 6pm Thanksgiving
Doors open again at 6pm on Thursday this year, but online shoppers can purchase Black Friday deals all day on Thanksgiving. While experts assumed iPhone lovers wouldn’t see discounts on iPhone X or even iPhone 8 devices, Walmart is surprising everyone with their $0 down, $300 gift card offer on these devices and Samsung’s latest smartphones. Other top deals include DVDs starting at $1.96 and kitchen appliances like Crock-Pot slow cookers for $9.98.