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The great Black Friday debate: Will you shop on Thanksgiving Day?

Black Friday

Photo: Ross Taylor, Associated Press

The Black Friday shopping craziness is coming. In fact, it should be called Black Thursday this year because most of the big stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day. Fashion Fair mall and many department stores will open at 8 p.m. Thursday, for instance. Craft store Michaels will open at 4 p.m.  Will you be there?

With Black Friday encroaching on the time usually reserved for turkey and pumpkin pie, the debate over early openings has reached a fever pitch this year. On one side, there’s the multiple generations of families in town for the holidays who have made a tradition of going shopping for great deals and spending quality time waiting in line together. In the other corner are the people vowing not to shop. They believe retail workers should have one holiday to stay home with their families, and abhor the expression of consumerism and greed.

Where do you stand?

Below are opening times for major stores (and for the record, Costco, Sur La Table and RadioShack deliberately are not opening on Thanksgiving Day).

Opening times on Thanksgiving Day:

6 a.m. Kmart (Kmart has opened at 6 a.m. in the past, but this year it won’t close during the middle of the day. It will stay open for 41 hours through Friday.)

4 p.m. Michaels

5 p.m. Toys “R” Us

6 p.m. Best Buy

6 p.m., 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday Walmart (These are times when the stores will have Black Friday deals. They will already be open.)

8 p.m. Fashion Fair will open its doors. JCPenney and Macy’s will open at 8 p.m., but individual mall stores are given the option of opening at 8 p.m. or midnight. See list of 8 p.m. openings here.

8 p.m. Target

8 p.m. Macy’s

8 p.m. Sears

8 p.m. JCPenney

8 p.m. Kohl’s

Some River Park stores start opening at 8 p.m., and the rest open at various times. See times here.

Visalia Mall also opens its doors at 8 p.m., but retailers will open at different times. See times here.

10 p.m. The Tulare Outlet Center


6 a.m. Sierra Vista Mall

8 a.m. Manchester Center

9 a.m. Fig Garden Village

Responses to "The great Black Friday debate: Will you shop on Thanksgiving Day?"

Stephen says:

Just saw an ad for “Black Friday Week.”


I hate shopping in crowds – there really isn’t ANY special deal that would lure me in on Black anyday.

Of course, I’m a dude. That might explain things.

JJJJ says:

Absolutely not. Of course, Ill be spending the holiday in one of the three states where stores are prohibited from opening on Thanksgiving, so all the sales start at 1am or 2am as in the past.

And even if they didnt…absolutely not. Honestly, I see this trend just pushing more people to Amazon. You can shop on the couch with your belt unbuckled next to family.

Jane says:

DO NOT SUCCUMB TO THE CHRISTMAS CREEP! Relax and enjoy Thanksgiving because you still have 4 weeks left to shop.

Lisa O says:

I’ll shop online. Last year almost every deal that was in store was online and with free shipping there is no benefit of going to the store.

Or I’ll go late. Last year I hit the stores at 8pm and a lot of the items were still hanging around and the lines had dramatically went down.

Traci Arbios says:

I absolutely refuse… Which of course means the Universe will present me with an impossible opportunity and I will take it and become part of the commercial culture I so deplore. But if it means the Universe wants me to buy a PS4 for $30, then so be it.

mdub420 says:

I’m not going to lie. if I could afford to shop, I’d be right there with them!

pk says:

Sleeping in……that is more important

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