Sure, there will be large crowds, but most experts expect only a modest increase in Black Friday sales over last year, mainly because the holiday season keeps expanding year after year. Many stores get into the spirit as early as September.
Like last year, 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.
In perhaps the biggest change in Black Friday hours, Kmart announced plans to open its doors at 6 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Toy superstore Toys R Us is again among the earliest openings, announcing plans to open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
Best Buy is also among the first to move its opening hours to Thanksgiving this year. The electronics giant will open its doors at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving night.
Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, moved up its hours from 8 p.m. last year to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving in 2013.
After years of sticking to its guns and opening at 4 a.m. on Black Friday, Sears announced opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving last year and plans to do so again this year.
Target is opening its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year. That's an hour earlier than last year.
J.C. Penney will be among the many retailers opening its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Macy's, which opened all of its 800-plus Macy’s stores nationwide at midnight on Black Friday last year, is moving to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
Kohl's is also moving up its hours to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving in 2013.