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Black Friday gets an early start

Are you ready, Black Friday shoppers? Or should I say “Black Thursday?”

The post-Thanksgiving shopping madness starts earlier than ever this year as Toys “R” Us, Walmart and Sears break out the doorbuster deals at 8 p.m. and Target opens at 9 p.m. Thursday.

You can read all about what to expect in the Fresno area here. Note that stores like Walmart, Target and Sears are appealing to night owls and early birds alike with waves of different doorbuster deals throughout the night.

The earlier-than-ever opening times are inspiring a backlash from Target and Walmart workers, who say they’re ruining Thanksgiving.

But if you’re one of the many caffeinated Americans who make Black Friday shopping a family tradition, the opening times listed below can help you plan your strategy. Most retailers Black Friday ads will be Thursday’s Fresno Bee or are already online.

Also, many Starbucks locations near major shopping areas will be open all night Thursday, including Starbucks at River Park and the new one at Shaw and West avenues.

Opening times

Walmart: open all day Thursday, deals start at 8 p.m.
Toys R Us: 8 p.m. Thursday
Sears: 8 p.m. Thursday
Kmart: open 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Reopens with deals at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Michael’s: open 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. today; more deals at 7 a.m. Friday
Target: 9 p.m. Thursday
Tulare Outlet Center: 10 p.m. Thursday
Best Buy: midnight Thursday
Fashion Fair: midnight Thursday
Kohl’s: midnight Thursday
Macy’s: midnight Thursday
Visalia Mall: 10 retailers open at midnight Thursday; remainder open at 6 a.m. Friday
Sierra Vista Mall: 6 a.m. Friday
JCPenney: 6 a.m. Friday
Joann Fabric and Craft Stores: 6 a.m. Friday
Burlington Coat Factory: 6 a.m. Friday
Sequoia Mall (Visalia): 9 a.m. Friday
River Park: Majority of stores open at midnight Thursday. Anna’s Linens and Village Shoes open at 4 a.m. Friday; Claire’s at 5 a.m. Friday; and Ann Taylor, JCPenney Home Store and OfficeMax at 6 a.m. Friday
Fig Garden Village: 9 a.m. Friday, with some stores opening earlier

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