With Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend fast upon us, we’ve put together a checklist and a cheat sheet so that we can enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner with our families, and rest easy knowing that we’ve got everything covered.
No matter where we are or what we do for a living, once we’ve changed the clocks for winter daylight saving, hearing the term ‘Black Friday’ gets our blood up.
For most of the online world, the notion of Black Friday weekend came out of nowhere some 15 years ago. Since then, this gargantuan retail opportunity has continued to grow exponentially to benefit all avenues of business.
Some 86% of adults expected to be shopping online from the US alone, each potentially spending an average $480
Black Friday hours: Here’s a list of when retailers will be open
Retailers are preparing for crowds of shoppers as the holidays approach, with retail sales expected to grow between 3.8% and 4.2% this year to between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. For many, it’s not the holidays until they shop for bargains on Black Friday and Cyber Monday — some will even take advantage of the retailers that will be open on Thanksgiving Day.
Last holiday season sales climbed 2.1%, according to the NRF. While Cyber Monday beats out Black Friday for the day with the most online sales, according to Deloitte, ShopperTrak found that Black Friday is expected to remain the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S.
Younger generations will likely fill up the aisles during these busy shopping days, said Marshal Cohen, chief industry advisor of The NPD Group, because they can “withstand the crowds” and “love to be a part of the action.” About one-third of Generation Z shoppers (up to 22 years old) and 20% of millennials plan to start shopping on Black Friday, whether it be online or in stores, according to a recent NPD report.
While online spending this holiday season is expected to hit a record $143.7 billion, according to a study by Adobe Analytics — a 14.1% rise from a year ago — and retail forecasts have been clouded by the U.S.-China trade war and the threat of another economic slowdown, retailers such as Best Buy are still preparing for flocks of shoppers to their store as they hire thousands of workers for the season. Many of the retailers have already told shoppers what to expect, like a Vizio 70″ Smart TV for $600 at Costco and a Chromebook for $99 at Walmart.
When stores will open
Can’t wait until Black Friday to snag your gifts? Some stores will open right around when you’ll be finishing your turkey dinner. Best Buy, Target, Macy’s and Kohl’s will all open their doors at 5:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. For those who want to get even more ahead, J.C. Penney and Old Navy will welcome shoppers even earlier that afternoon.
Other retailers, including Home Depot, Barnes & Noble and Lowe’s will wait until Black Friday to open. Membership-only stores Costco, Sam’s Club and BJ’s Wholesale Club are also in that boat.
Kmart will be getting a really early start — 6:00 a.m. — and Walmart will remain open 24 hours, with Black Friday deals running from 6:00 p.m. until supplies last.
See below for a list of retailers’ Thanksgiving and Black Friday hours. Local hours and closing times vary by market: