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