Black Friday 2013

Black Friday 2013

Retailers Kicking Off “Black Friday” Sales on Thanksgiving
In a sure sign of the weak US economy, retailers are opening up their doors to traditional “Black Friday” sales on the actual holiday itself. Bear in mind that retail sales account for a significant portion of the nation’s GDP and the Christmas season traditionally accounts for 50% of a retailer’s annual earnings.

Given the weak economy and the fact that strong Christmas sales will be the key to the survival of many retailers, it should surprise no one that they are encroaching on what should be family time for their employees by opening up on Thanksgiving.

Three big US retail chains Walmart, Target, and Toy R Us all plan to have their doors open on Thanksgiving evening. Kmart already plans to have their doors open the entire day much to the dismay of their employees. In the case of Toys R US, the first 200 hundred customers at each site will receive a bag of stalking stuffers worth $30 which they call the “Great Big Goody Bag”. Target plans to offer early bird shoppers a $10.00 gift card for select purchases above $50 if they shop Friday morning between 4:00AM and noon. However, polls show that slightly more than half of all shoppers expect to do their Black Friday shopping on the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

Here are the Black Friday 2013 Ads and flyers released so far.

 

  • Toys R Us 28-page 2013 Black Friday ad
  • Rite Aid’s eight-page 2013 Black Friday ad
  • Home Depot sneak peek at 2013 Black Friday deals
  • Radio Shack’s eight-page 2013 Black Friday ad
  • Macy’s 2013 Black Friday deals
  • Belk’s gigantic 72-page 2013 Black Friday ad
  • Fred’s four-page 2013 Black Friday ad
  • Ace Hardware’s seven-page 2013 Black Friday ad
  • H.H. Gregg’s big 2013 Black Friday ad
  • Harbor Freight’s four-page 2013 Black Friday ad

 

Black Friday 2013 Store Hours

So far, the latest store hours that shoppers can refer to were released by the Chicago Tribune and stated as follows:

Sears (open for 26 hours)

 -8pm of Nov. 28 to 10pm of Nov. 29

 Macy’s (open for 25 hours)

 -8pm of Nov. 28 to 9pm of Nov. 29

 Kohl’s (open for 28 hours)

 -8pm of Nov. 28 to 10pm of Nov. 29

 Kmart (open for 41 hours)

 -6am of Nov. 28 to 11pm of Nov. 29

 J.C. Penney (open for 25 hours)

 -8pm of Nov. 28 to 9pm of Nov. 29

Source material:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/personalfinance/2012/11/12/black-friday-stores-opening-early-thanksgiving/1699869/