List of Stores Open Thanksgiving Day for Pre-Black Friday Sales

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The joke used to be that you'd hit the movies to get a break from your family on Thanksgiving.

Now shopping, pretty much anywhere, is the other option. So many major retailers are opening for business on Thanksgiving Day -- well, really Thanksgiving evening. That means waiting until Black Friday to bargain hunt is a thing of the past.

Of course this is the cutthroat world of holiday retail, and when one competitor changes the game, the others must follow. Not great news for store managers hoping for the day off, but awesome news for price-minded folks who prefer to work off that extra helping of sweet potatoes by power shopping.

To help you prep, here's a cheat sheet of retailers who will be ready and waiting:

• Toys R Us will open at 5 p.m., three hours earlier than last year, so you can try your best to score a polkadot Furby. There will be four-hour deals until 9 p.m. including buy-one-get-one-free specials for Disney Infinity figurines.

• If you need to pick up a Wii mini at the last minute, Best Buy will open more than 1,000 locations at 6 p.m. But you can get there at 4 p.m. when tickets for entry will be handed out.

• Last year Target opened at 9 p.m., this year it will open at 8 p.m. all ready to sell 50-inch flat screens for $299. 

• For the first time ever Kohl's will open at 8 p.m. on T-day and stay open until midnight on Friday. Their gift to you? Shoppers get $15 in Kohl's cash for every $50 of actual cash spent.

Kmart is not new to the T-day shopping game. Store will open at 6 a.m. as they did in 2012 and stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday. Doorbuster deals include Android tablets for $39.99 and 50% off all Monster High toys.

Wal-Mart has been opening on Thanksgiving for a quarter of a century, but this year it will open at 6 p.m., two hours earlier than in 2012. A first round of sales will kick off at 6 p.m. followed by a second round at 8 p.m.

• For the first time in the store's 155-year history, Macy's -- the retailer known for presenting the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City -- will open at 8 p.m. I guess after watching parade crowds gather by the closed doors of the Herald Square location, then move on to spend their money elsewhere, Macy's execs decided on a new tradition.

Will you be doing any holiday shopping on Thanksgiving day?

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Eddie... EddiesMama1983

I guess next year stores will start Black Friday in August. 

Kattey Kattey

How has not everyone caught on that these sales are gimmicks. Stores raise their prices months in advance to claim it a deal on Friday, or price the merchandise  with the sale in mind. I wish people would have the decency to keep their asses at home on Thanksgiving instead of being disgusting about HAVING to have a non-deal.

Saras... Sarasahmof3

I will be working Wednesday and Thursday at Walmart, so everyone can save money and live better. I will get a whole 4 hours to spend with my family between sleeping and getting ready for work. Thank you for shopping at your local Walmart this holiday season. I am an overnight cashier(10pm-7am).

nonmember avatar Erica

If i do decide to shop it will be on Friday and even that is highly unlikely.

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

nope and not on Friday either.  I've worked enough years in retail on Black Friday and I have NO desire what so ever to go out.  I'm doing all my shopping online this year


Nelli... NellieAthome

Not everyone in America celebrates Thanksgiving and of those who do, not everyone celebrates on that particular Thursday.

We do the turkey, big meal thing the weekend before since all the adults in the family are on third shift schedules and not inclined to either stay up all day to do the "traditional" stuff after working all night or sleep their regular daytime hours and try to cram the "tradition" into early evening hours. My neighbor doesn't do the turkey bit at all but spends the day shopping with part of her family while the others either go to a movie as a group or, in the case of about half the adults, offer to work so their co-workers with small kids can do their family traditions.

Nelli... NellieAthome

One thing retail workers and others who complain about retail sales starting on Thanksgiving  might want to remember is that thousands of people work every Thanksgiving and every other holiday as well. Fire personnel, police, hospital workers, air line workers, public utility workers and hundreds of other industries are 24/7 propositions all year long. The concept of that day off isn't even an option for most of them.

The object of the day, the object of Thanksgiving, is to give thanks for what one has.

If one has a job then perhaps being thankful for that job and that one is not one of the thousands of people out of work would be something to think about. Any one of those thousands of unemployed people would gladly work on Thanksgiving if it meant they had a job.

And for those who are not working on Thanksgiving but complaining about people who do shop - lighten up. No one is forcing you to go out on either Thanksgiving or Black Friday. Stores being open will not prevent you from indulging in your family time and traditions. Do not be so arrogant as to assume that the way you wish to spend Thanksgiving is the only way to enjoy the day and must be forced on everyone.

Happy... Happydad73


Great big thank yous!!! I work for an industrial company that cannot shut down and I have to work most holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas. I am so sick and tired of hearing these whiners (who are employed!!!) saying how awful it is to work the holidays!! Be thankful you have a job and that you can provide for your family. If you whine about how little you are paid then be thankful you have a little more now to help your family.

Kattey Kattey

There is a big difference between working a job that is NEEDED on Thanksgiving, and a store/restaurant being open because of someone's want to get out/but that discount sweater. No one NEEDS to go out and buy Christmas gifts on Thanksgiving. Also, rent a fucking Redbox and watch a movie at home. Why is it so hard to realize others may want to be home instead of pandering to your greedy ass.

Kattey Kattey

They may not be preventing me from family time, but they damn sure are preventing others from it.

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