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Walmart just turned Black Friday into Thanksgiving ‘Gray Thursday’ Sale 2014

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The Black Friday is rapidly becoming more of a Black Thursday, and Henderson, Nevada is no special case with this year’s infamous and and grandest shopping holiday season.


Most of the major retailers — JCPenny, Kohl’s, Target, Best Buy, OfficeMax, Kmart, Sears, Wal-Mart, Radio Shack and Gander Mountain — will open their mortar-and-brick stores’ doors for local consumers rooting for bargain items on Thanksgiving Thursday in addition to the main Black Friday sales shopping day.

While most of the United States retail chain giant companies are kicking off their doorbuster deals at 6 PM on Thanksgiving night, the discount department store Kmart and the retail network store Gander Mountain will be pushing up to open their doors as early as 8 AM on the Thanksgiving morning. Kmart is widely known for opening its stores at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving across the United States soil, however its Plymouth branch is getting a slightly later an hour because it’s scheduled to be closed for good sometime in December of this year.

The trend of kicking off the Black Friday sales and doorbuster deals a day (moving on to Thanksgiving day) earlier than the usual tradition has created a bit of a fissure. That said, a number of critics says the stores shouldn’t force their employees to work on the special holiday, while fraction of them find it pretty exciting chasing worthy deals even on Thanksgiving Thursday. We cant blame those deal chasers because better items on sale with huge savings are being offered on Thanksgiving rather than Black Friday itself.

For an instance, around 86 laptops and computing tablets (combined) are on deeply discounted prices as doorbuster deals at major retailers like Best Buy, Target, Wal-Mart and amongst others on the Thanksgiving compared with just nine of the said electronic devices on Black Friday. The gathered data is the proof that retail chain firms are slowly adopting and redefining the modern Black Friday tradition. The Black Friday has been the biggest and most anticipated holiday shopping season being held annually for decades. mostly because it’s traditionally when retailers pull out their best sales events. But in the last few years, retailers like The Gap, Target and Toys R Us have started opening their stores and offering holiday discounts on Thanksgiving to better compete with online rivals.


In recent years, retail chain corporations have been trending towards opening on Gray Thursday, occurring Thanksgiving night. In 2011, the world largest retailer has kicked off its doorbuster sales at 10 PM on Thanksgiving evening for the first time, and in the following year, it opened its doors at 8 PM. In the succeeding year, more retailers have revealed plans to open earlier on Thanksgiving Thursday. Kmart opened its doors to the deal chasers at six o’clock in the Thanksgiving morning and stay open for 41 straight hours until 11 PM on Black Friday itself. Additionally, Toys “R” Us kicked off its event at 5 PM, Walmart and Best Buy started their doorbuster at 6 PM, while JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Sears, and Target were all open their doors at 8 PM on Thanksgiving.

But some industry watchers fear others won’t shop on Thanksgiving, choosing to keep the day sacred. Those who wait instead to shop on Black Friday could wind up being disappointed with the leftover deals, they say. In fact, according to Deloitte Research’s recent survey of shoppers, about two-thirds say they’re not motivated to go out to stores Thanksgiving because it’s important to be with family and friends.

“We know Thanksgiving is a special time for families and friends, including our associates, and have partnered with them to accommodate their schedules and preferences as much as possible, including scheduling first on a volunteer basis. As always, we appreciate the dedication of our teams nationwide to providing service that is second to none.”

— Sydney Hofer, Kohl’s spokesperson

U.S. Retail Stores Start Time and Opening Hours

Major United States retailers will be starting their respective offerings for Black Friday sales with specials doorbuster deals earlier than the previous years.

  • Gander Mountain — 8 a.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Kmart — 8 a.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Best Buy — 5 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Belk — 5 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Walmart — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • J.C. Penney — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Boston Store — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Kohl’s — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Macy’s — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • OfficeMax — 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
  • Sears — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Target — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • MC Sports — 6 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Toys R Us — 10 p.m., Thanksgiving Day
  • Home Depot — 5 a.m., Friday
  • Hobby Lobby — 8 a.m., Friday
  • Menards — 6 a.m., Friday
  • Meijer — 6 a.m., Friday
  • Pier 1 Imports — 8 a.m., Friday
  • Bath & Body Works (Memorial Mall) — 8 a.m., Friday
  • Bath & Body Works (Deer Trace) — 6 a.m., Friday
  • Bed, Bath and Beyond (Memorial Mall) — 6 a.m., Friday
  • Radio Shack (Sheboygan Falls) — 8 a.m., Thanksgiving Day

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