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Get ready for another traditional round of holiday shopping commencing right after Thanksgiving dinner dishes are done!

Also see -> What's open Thanksgiving Day 2023?

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official start of the holiday shopping season - popularly known as Black Friday - when retailers move from being unprofitable, or "in the red," to being profitable, or "in the black".

Stores Open Thanksgiving Day 2023
  |   Stores Open Black Friday 2023

But in recent years, increased competition to lure in shoppers has added a new shopping day to the holiday roster called "Gray Thursday", or Thanksgiving Day, the day BEFORE Black Friday.

Even more recently, the biig retail chains have also started early Black Friday sales even earlier -- to move merchandise even faster. (PRO TIP: Wait for prices to really plunge at the end of the month, or shop now and avoid the crowds!)

Early Black Friday deals can also be found online at Amazon, Walmart and Kohl's, while Target and Macy's start rolling back prices beginning in November.

Just up ahead, check out a list of stores traditionally open on Thanksgiving Day, followed by stores that buck the trend by giving employees Thanksgiving Day off by opening on Black Friday (and not until!)


What's Open Thanksgiving Day 2023

Black Friday opening hours on Thanksgiving Day vary little from year to year, so here is the rundown of traditional start times when Black Friday sales begin at local retailers near you:

Bass Pro Shops - 9AM CVS - varies by location Pep Boys - varies by location
Big Lots - 7AM Dollar General - 7AM Rite-Aid - 8AM
Cabela's - 9AM Kmart - 9AM Sears - 6PM
  Michaels - 6PM Walgreens - 7AM

Opening Hours Black Friday

Although closed all day Thanksgiving Day, the following retailers are open bright and early on Black Friday:

Barnes & Noble - 8AM Dicks Sporting Goods - 5AM Macy's - 6AM
Bed Bath & Beyond - 6AM H&M - varies by location Nordstrom - 9AM
Best Buy - 5AM Hobby Lobby - 8AM Sam's Club - 7AM
BJ's - 7AM Home Depot - 6AM Staples - 9AM
Burlington - varies by location JC Penney - 5AM Target - 7AM
Costco - 9AM Kohl's - 5AM True Value - varies by location
Crate & Barrel - 9AM Lowe's - 6AM Walmart - 5AM

Jump Start the Holidays - Even Earlier Black Friday Sales

Stocking their shelves for early Christmas sales, major retailers now plan Black Friday deals in early November. The reason? Retailers want to lure in the early crowds to avoid having to store a huge load of inventory until the end of the year. As a result, hot holiday items are likely to run out before the holiday rush even peaks.

PRO TIP: To really get a jump on holiday sales, pay close attention to announcements at sites like and Gotta Deal (see below) for online sales that begin in November at Amazon, Costco, and Walmart.

How to Survive Black Friday

Sale Check Black Friday sales online (see below) or research local newspapers for the latest Black Friday sales & circulars.

• Make a detailed list of sales items for everyone on your gift list.

• On Black Friday, make an early start, and stick to your shopping list at all times. Remember, you're not saving money if you didn't intend to buy the item in the first place! Stay focused.

• Wear comfortable shoes.

• Pack a Black Friday comfort kit -- snack bar, water, aspirin.

Tips for Shopping Black Friday

Watch for the usual great holiday savings on flat screen TVs, laptops, video gaming consoles, when low prices are slashed for clearance at Best Buy and other retail giants. Expect steep price drops, as well, on jewelry and women's clothing for an early jump on the holiday shopping season.

And don't forget to browse online or search for related online sales coupons and discount codes for even bigger savings.

Word to the wise: Pace yourself and save extra cash by taking advantage of early Black Friday sales at the beginning of November. Then, sit out December and wait for last minute Christmas sales to save big on other items — like stocking stuffers, Christmas wrap, and holiday cards — which go on drastic clearance the closer it gets to Christmas.

Enjoy the holidays.

And happy shopping!

More about 2023 Black Friday sales around the Web:

On the Web, check out more consumer tips, reports, facts, information on Black Friday, and where to find the hottest sales taking place coast to coast beginning Thanksgiving Day and on Friday, November 26, 2021 ...

Black Friday 2023 - News, rumors and information on where and what's on sale, with scans of holiday sale circulars, a store locator, a history of Black Friday and a very busy forum. - Catch all the best sales with a searchable database, news, and e-mail alerts on the hottest post-Thanksgiving deals at Target, Dell, Walmart, Costco, Old Navy, Toys R Us and lots more ....

The Official Black Friday Site - Visitor-submitted information with lists of hot sales items from major retailers including Staples, Sears, Walmart, Kmart, Best Buy, Walgreens and more.

Black Friday Shopping Tips - Check out helpful tips on researching Black Friday ads, scoping out department store and malls, and related advice on where to find the best sales.


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