Published On: Nov 17 2011 02:14:10 PM CSTUpdated On: Nov 14 2013 04:51:03 PM CST
After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation says it expects sales in November and December to increase by a healthy 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s 3.1 percent increase during that same time frame.
As in years past, Target, Kmart and some other stores are coming under fire for opening their doors on Thanksgiving. Some employees say they'd rather spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family, not at work.
Kmart is once again opening its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, with its Black Friday doorbuster specials going on sale in stores at 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.
Toy superstore Toys R Us is again opening its doors to shoppers at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and will stay open 30 hours straight until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
Best Buy announced it would be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thursday and would open again at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. The electronics store announced its Black Friday deals on Nov. 10, and some of those discounted items are already available.
Like it did in 2014, Walmart will once again begin offering its Black Friday deals in stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving this year. The world's largest retailer will also be offering online sales starting at 3:01 a.m. ET on Thanksgiving.
Sears, which moved its shopping hours up to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving night for 2014, will open at the same time this year. It will close at 2 a.m. Friday and then reopen for Black Friday at 5 a.m.
Target will welcome shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open all night into Black Friday. It's also planning a few bargains for the Wednesday before Black Friday.
J.C. Penney moved its hours for the second year in a row, this time going two hours earlier to open at 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving and staying open through the night into Black Friday.
Macy's will launch the holiday shopping season by opening on Thanksgiving Day at 6 p.m., the same as in 2014, and stay open all night into Black Friday.
Kohl's will once again open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open all night into Black Friday.