It’s that time of year again when shoppers are gearing up for holiday doorbuster deals -- and like previous years, major retailers, including Macy’s, Target and Walmart, are set to open their doors on the evening of Thanksgiving.
Macy’s announced last week it will open for “limited-time deals” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, until 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27. The store will continue to offer sales from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m on Saturday, Nov. 28. For those eager to start shopping early, Macy's will allow customers to preview sales on Nov. 16 at macys.com/blackfriday. Online shoppers will be able to create a "favorites" list and “create custom tags to organize recipients and shop straight from their list all Thanksgiving Day on macys.com,” according to a notice on the Macy's website.
Target also is getting a head start on the Black Friday frenzy; doors will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night. In addition to bringing back a free shipping and free returns policy this week, the retail giant will introduce curbside service to select New York-area stores. Consumers will also be able to save time and money this holiday season by downloading the Cartwheel by Target app, which will feature items discounted by 25 percent or more, with a new toy featured at 50 percent off daily through Dec. 24. Target's price-match policy also will be extended. The store plans on releasing more deals in the coming weeks.
Walmart also will open its doors on Thanksgiving, though no specific holiday plans have been announced. Walmart offers discount prices through its Rollbacks, Special Buys and Value Bundles, in addition to everyday low prices. And perhaps that's one of the reasons that this season, the retailer is continuing a policy that requires a $50 minimum purchase in order to qualify for free shipping; its competitors are waiving those fees. However, Walmart will continue to offer free on-site pickup in addition to its price-match policy.
Toys R Us, Best Buy, Sears, Kohl's and Dick's Sporting Goods are among others keen on opening their doors for shoppers after Thanksgiving dinner.
But not all stores are that eager to cash in on the money-spending holiday. REI, GameStop, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TJ MAXX are among those who stand behind the traditional holiday and aren't quite getting into the swing of things when it comes to early-bird shopping.
Outdoor retailer REI will remain closed for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, instead paying their employees to enjoy the outdoors. “Black Friday is the perfect time to remind ourselves of the essential truth that life is richer, more connected and complete when you choose to spend it outside. We’re closing our doors, paying our employees to get out there, and inviting America to OptOutside with us because we love great gear, but we are even more passionate about the experiences it unlocks," said Jerry Stritzke, president and CEO of the company.
Similarly, GameStop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but the video game retailer will offer specials and promotions before, during (doors open at 5 a.m.) and after the Black Friday extravaganza.
P.C. Richard & Son will be open during regular store hours on Black Friday, offering discounts on all departments throughout the day and online, in addition to Cyber Monday deals.
Although Staples will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, the office supply chain is offering holiday discounts throughout the month, with special holiday savings available on staples.com from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. In-store deals will resume at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
Nordstrom also has no intentions of breaking its decades-old policy of "celebrating one holiday at a time," said spokesman Dan Evans, in conjunction with signs in the department store reading: "At Nordstrom...we won't be decking our halls until Friday, November 27..."
The high-end retailer will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but customers can count on nordstrom.com for early savings, with more happening in-store on Black Friday.