For die-hard Black Friday shopppers, staking out a place in line and camping out on the cold sidewalk in front of their favorite store is the best part of the experience. For everyone else, it's a necessary means to the end result of scoring a cartful of deals.
The majority of big box stores, including Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Target and Kohl's, will open on Thanksgiving Day to welcome eager shoppers, but some retailers will remain closed on the holiday - and at least one major chaing has decided to forgo Black Friday as well.
Stores Closed on Thanksgiving Day
Historically, stores have closed on Thanksgiving Day to allow their employees time to enjoy the holiday and be with family. With Black Friday moving earlier and earlier into the week, that's no longer the case. More stores are opening their doors to anxious shoppers on Thanksgiving Day, turning what was once a holiday for relaxation and overeating into a shopping frenzy.
Those stores that are bucking the trend and will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day include:
- TJ Maxx
- Pier 1 Imports
- Home Depot
REI Closed Thankgiving Day and Black Friday
Recreation grear retailer REI is known for its love of the outdoors. This year, the company has announced it will pay employees on Black Friday not to work with customer, but to get outside and play. REI stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday - a first for the company.
REI's decision to go dark on Black Friday doesn't mean there aren't good deals to be found from them. REI hasn't posted any of the sales it plans to offer, but if it's anything like last year, you can expect promotions such as 30% to 50% select products such as sleeping pads, jackets, boots, Fitbit merchandise, along with free shipping.
Best Deals for Online Shopping
There's no need to wait until Cyber Monday or Black Friday to score digital deawls - retailers are putting their sales online as early as the start of the week, days before Thanksgiving.
And if you do decide to shop from the comfort of your couch, you'll be far from alone: According to the National Retail Federation, almost half of this year's holiday shoping will be done digitally. Reports suggest that 2015 will be the biggest year for online retail to date. Lots of stores are offering free shipping for online orders, and many don't require a minimum purchase.
So it may be worth checking out the online sales before dessert. Here is a list of some of this year's best online sales that last from Black Friday through the weekend.
- Kohl's (online sales start Monday, November 23)
- Best Buy (usual shipping fee of $35 is waived)
- Dell (free shipping)
- Levi's (free shipping with no minimum purchase)
- Target (free shiping and free returns)
Stores Open Thanksgiving Day
Major retailers such as Macy's and Best Buy will open in the evening of Thankgiving Day, Kmart, which faced criticism last year for opening at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day and staying ope for 41 hours straight, plans to open early again this year. So if you're not the one doing the cooking, or don't mind leaving dinner a bit early, here are some of the other stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day:
- JC Penney
- Toys R Us