Whether you’re shopping online or at the store, you’ll have to hurry to finish your Thanksgiving meal to get a jump on your holiday shopping! Some retailers are opting to open even earlier than in years past, and others are sticking to tradition.
Seattle-based Nordstrom stores have announced they will be closed all day on Thanksgiving, 2012, and will open their doors on Friday, in full festive mode for the holiday shopping season.
Seattle-based Amazon.com is offering an online Deal of the Day the entire month of November, along with limited-time, doorbuster-style Lightning Deals and other huge savings on the hottest electronics, toys, clothing and more, now through Black Friday weekend.
Target Corp. says it 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 Wal-Mart Stores Inc., 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 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 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.
Wal-Mart 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 Corp. 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.
Kohl’s Corp. and Macy’s Inc. will again throw open their doors at midnight, following Thanksgiving. J.C. Penney plans to announce its Black Friday promotions on Monday.
– Copyright 2012 The Associated Press with contributions by Tama Fulton CBS Local Seattle