Black Friday at Target Will Start Even Earlier This Year

Target Black FridayNEW YORK -- Target (TGT) will open its doors at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving, three hours earlier than a year ago, to kick off the holiday shopping season.

The discounter joins several other major retailers, including Walmart (WMT), that are opening earlier in the evening on the holiday and staggering deals over the two-day period. Over the years, stores have been expanding their hours on Black Friday to get ahead of the competition, but the kickoff is increasingly happening right after shoppers finish their turkey feast.

"We thought long and hard about when the right opening time would be," said Kathee Tesija, Target's executive vice president of merchandising. She said that 9 p.m. struck "a perfect balance" for its customers.

Target, based in Minneapolis, plans to offer deals that include an Apex 32-inch LCD TV for $147 and a Nikon digital camera for $99.99 for the earlier opening. From 4:00 a.m. to noon, the next day, customers who spend $50 or more on clothing, accessories or home products will earn a $10 Target gift card to use toward a future purchase. Target is also preparing additional early morning specials, including Leapfrog Explorer software for $15.

Walmart said last week it will begin its holiday sale at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, two hours earlier than last year. It then will have two more rounds of sales events including a 10 p.m. sale on electronics and another sale at 5 a.m. the next day.

Sears Holdings (SHLD) said its Sears stores will open at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and will stay open overnight until 10 p.m. Friday. Last year Sears stores were closed on Thanksgiving. The company's Kmart stores have been open on Thanksgiving for years.

Lord & Taylor, which was closed on Thanksgiving last year, will be open on the holiday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kohl's (KSS) and Macy's (M) will again throw open their doors at midnight, following Thanksgiving. J.C. Penney plans to announce its Black Friday promotions on Monday.

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In today's economy businesses have to maintain a competitive edge. You the consumer drive the business practices because you provide the demand for products. This is not a bad thing because your demand is what substains our economy. The American public responds favorably to the thanksgiving holiday sales so if anyone wants a scapegoat to blame we should remember that I economy as a whole bennifits from these business decision. As for imports, they provide affordable products so we can fill our needs, wants and some of our desires. So instead of complaining about things you may not fully understand be THANKFULL that you have a job. I thank you for your help in keeping our economy growing in these challenging times.

November 16 2012 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought good old Target was"nt participating in all the holiday hype this year,thats what they said earlier in the year,hmmmmmmmm????

November 13 2012 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Save your MONEY - SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. Screw the BOX stores - all of them - don't need crap from CHINA anyway

November 13 2012 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yet ANOTHER store I will not shop in. Something WRONG with this country when we value $$$$ over family and holidays

November 13 2012 at 8:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These comments stink, people don't have to go out shopping on thanksgiving day. My grown kids love the idea of shopping that evening., They save alot of money and thats a good thing for them.

November 13 2012 at 7:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to debbiel13's comment

Your grown kids can't shop FRIDAY morning??? Thoughts like these are what screws it up for people stuck working retail.

November 13 2012 at 8:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ronkabidy1's comment

Try that where I live. You won't get a space. I stay home and away from the malls and the stores. The only place you can go is at a restaurant. But I agree partially with you, but I would avoid it because people are crazy. I don't feel the Christmas Spirit at all.

November 13 2012 at 9:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Yet another store I will be refusing to step foot in. I'm sick of these huge stores stepping all over their employees for the sake of a dollar. If small places can think more of their employees, so can the big guy

November 13 2012 at 6:07 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to metalsmithgirl71's comment

let me tell you something, holiday shopping makes up 1/3 of their yearly sales, and in this lousy economy every dollar counts. The employees who work their get double time for working and the majority want the money. Like I said its a lousy economy despite what the left says. Nobody says you have to shop there.

November 13 2012 at 7:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to debbiel13's comment

The economy is growing every day and WHY can't they have the same "sale" on FRIDAY??? People like YOU are the reason others have to work on a HOLIDAY and JUSTIFY IT to yourselves.

November 13 2012 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Ronkabidy1-people want to work on a holiday, some but not all because they need the money. I think they should be closed like in the way distant past, but it seems that holidays are no longer sacred.

November 13 2012 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Target does not support Veteran Organizations therefore I will not support target.

November 13 2012 at 2:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lonesomepolekat's comment

you are wrong.... I worked for 7 and 1/2 at target,, and retired Oct 2009,, Yes.. target supports all vets activities. and their families... Don't speak unless you speak the truth.. The donations to Salvation Army, and also.. we give $2 million a week to charties in goods and services.. Target is extremely charitable.

November 13 2012 at 3:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

count me in. I will shop at Walmart on Thanksgiving evening. Wish I could do on line shopping for Black Friday Prices

November 13 2012 at 2:01 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Shame on retail for being open and shame on people that shop on a holiday. Get a life other than shopping. Retail thinks shoving christmas down our throat is good but many people are downsizing the event.

November 13 2012 at 1:09 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Liz's comment

people want a deal, its a lousy economy and every dollar saved is a big help.

November 13 2012 at 7:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to debbiel13's comment

You can get a "deal" on Friday - better yet, stop buying tons of crap from CHINA anyway!
One or two gifts should be enough

November 13 2012 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

Its really rather simple, if you don't want to shop, dont, stay home, more parking available for those that want to shop. Always someone out there that thinks they can make out rules for society based on what they believe is right, nice try.

November 13 2012 at 7:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's a shame, Holiday's don't have that special meaning anymore.. It's all about the money and greed

November 13 2012 at 1:06 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply