Black Friday 2012: Opening Times; Latest On The Strike

Black Friday CoverageHere at News For Shoppers we’ve been putting the final touches on our list of Black Friday opening times.

What was once an early morning tradition is morphing into a late night one, as more and more stores try to open ahead of, or at least as the same time, as their competition.

Target employees caused controversy last year by starting an online petition in protest of the early Black Friday hours. At that time, the store opened at Midnight. The petition doesn’t appear to have worked. This year, it’s even earlier, 9pm Thursday.

An issue that may affect this year’s Black Friday is a strike called by employees at Walmart.

There have been threats indicating that thousands of Walmart workers might stage a walkout during the store’s Black Friday sale. The protest is over pay and health care issues. It’s hard to say at this point whether the walkout will actually materialize, or if this is simply a small number of employees making a lot of noise. The employees are not unionized, but is being organized and promoted by OUR Walmart, a subsidiary of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. We’ll have updated information here on NFS as this story develops.

Some stores are keeping their standard early morning hours, while others are going with Thanksgiving afternoon opening times. The list is below.

Be aware that these are chain-wide times, and some may be affected by local laws or opening times set by shopping center or mall management.

Ace Hardware: 5am
Bass Pro Shops: 5am
Bealls: midnight
Bed, Bath & Beyond: 6am
Belk: midnight
Best Buy: midnight
Big Lots: 6am
BJ’s Wholesale Club: 7am
CompUSA: 5am
Costco: 9am
Dick’s Sporting Goods: midnight
Fry’s Electronics: 6am
GameStop: 5am
Gander Mountain: 6am
hh gregg: 10pm Thursday
Hobby Lobby: 8am
jcpenney: 6am
Kmart: 5am
Kmart: 8pm Thursday
Kohl’s: midnight
Macy’s: midnight
Meijer: 4am
Office Depot: 5am
OfficeMax: 6am
Old Navy: midnight
PetSmart: 7am
Radio Shack: 6am
Sam’s Club: 7am
Sears: 4am
Sports Authority: midnight
Staples: 5am
Stein Mart: 7am
Tanger Outlets: 10pm Thursday
Target: 9pm Thurs
Tiger Direct: 5am
Toys R Us: 8pm Thursday
Wal-Mart: 8pm Thursday
Walgreens: 8pm Thursday
Walmart: 8pm Thurday
Wegmans: 7am

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Jimmy is an assistant editor and a writer here at News For Shoppers. He has more than two decades of experience in the shopping industry, having worked in sales and marketing in both the technology and fashion industries.