Black Friday 2016: When Do the Stores Open?


Black Friday is here, and the lines are sure to be long as folks gather to snag the best deals. Here’s a list of when some of the biggest stores open their doors for all your shopping needs.

Last year’s Black Friday saw a surge in online sales, though millions still lined up for bargains. Retailers are constantly changing around their schedules to keep up with the demand. Stores like Walmart, even offering a “Cyber Week” before Cyber Monday, so customers can get the same deals online as they do in-store.

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If you’re one of those brave folks preparing to line up for a great deal, here’s a quick list of when some of the bigger stores will be opening their doors. Fair warning, some of these posted start/end times will vary, depending on your location.


The mega-retailer is going all out this year. They’re opening at 6AM on Thanksgiving Day. That’s right. You can shop as the turkey’s basting if you wake up early enough. Stores stay open through the night, well into Black Friday evening. Most Walmarts are 24-hours anyway, but the ones that are not are making an exception this year.


Another store jumping on the early bandwagon. Kmarts will open up at 6AM Thanksgiving morning as well, and will stay open until 10PM Black Friday evening.

JC Penney

You guessed it, Penney’s is also open on Thanksgiving. But they’re opening the doors at 3PM, a little later than the other two we’ve mentioned. Still, the sales go on until 10PM Black Friday evening.

Best Buy

If you’re hankering for some electronics, you may have a chance after Turkey Day. Best Buy will be open Thanksgiving, but only from 5PM to 1AM. If that doesn’t work with your schedule (or everyone’s too sleepy from all that food), you can try again on Black Friday, from 8AM to 10PM.

Toys R Us

Pack up the car and bring the kids along to Toys R Us after Thanksgiving dinner. The toy store will be open starting 5PM Thursday, staying awake for 30 straight hours until doors close at 11PM on Friday.


A fan-favorite store, Target is also getting ahead of things, beginning sales early at 6PM Thursday. It’ll stay open through Black Friday, and is (thankfully) bringing back its 10 Days of Deals.


Macy’s will offer you some limited time to shop on Thanksgiving, opening doors at 5PM until 2AM. But store workers won’t have that much time to rest. Black Friday morning, they’re back at it starting at 6AM, finally powering down at 10PM.

Home Depot

You’ll find the shops closed tight on Thanksgiving here, but brace for impact on Black Friday. Home Depot will be open starting at 6AM and help you locate some tools until 9PM.


Expect to get an early morning jump for all your video game needs on Black Friday. GameStop isn’t open Thursday, but you can start piling in at 5AM, and play all sorts of game demos until 10PM.

TJ Maxx

Unfortunately we can’t give you a definitive time of when TJ Maxx closes on Friday, since that varies so much by location, but we can tell you the staff will be at the ready starting at 7AM Black Friday.

Old Navy

Although you can get great Black Friday deals right now, Old Navy is pulling an all-nighter, beginning at 4PM on Thanksgiving. Doors will stay open all night into Black Friday. Plus, the chain is giving away $100,000 each day of the holiday sale season to one lucky winner. Not too bad.


One more all-nighter brand. Kohl’s is starting the sales at 6PM Thanksgiving evening, and will stay awake for the Black Friday long haul. Doors are finally shutting at 12AM Saturday morning.

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Here’s a final tip for you savvy shoppers. Google Maps has a new feature that’ll give you live reports on how busy a particular store is. You’ll see realtime foot traffic and line reports. It may be convenient, especially if you’re hitting more than one store.

Happy shopping!