SHOPPING GUIDE: Stores Open Earlier Than Ever

It’s the season for shopping, and this year stores are opening earlier than ever for shoppers to get the door busting deals.

Shoppers used to camp out overnight to get the best deals Friday morning. Last year, many retailers opened at midnight. Now, you can cross items off your Christmas list before your first bite of turkey. Drake University Professor Philip Houle says, “What happens is stores are trying to get attention of shoppers to respond to shoppers’ demand.”

Most Wal-Marts will stay open round the clock. K-mart opens at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Old Navy’s sales start at 9 a.m. Best Buy opens at 6 p.m. Shopping kicks into high gear 8 o’clock Thanksgiving night when major retailers like Toys-R-Us, Kohl’s, JCPenney, Sears and Target open. Many stores at Merle Hay Mall, Valley West Mall and Jordan Creek Town Center also open at 8 p.m.

Randy Tennison with Jordan Creek Town Center says, “We’ll probably have roughly a third of our tenants that will open around 8 p.m., roughly another third will open around midnight. The remaining will open around 5 a.m. And 6 a.m.”

Some stores still wait until Black Friday. Lowes opens at 5 a.m. The new Mills Fleet Farm opens at 6 a.m. But soon, experts say all stores may at least be tempted to open Thanksgiving Day. Houle says, “I would think there would be some retailer stores open all day on Thanksgiving. It’s like years ago the stores were not open on Sunday.”

Many of the malls have activities and giveaways planned to get you in the door. Click here to read about Rock Out At The Hay at Merle Hay Mall. Click here to see what Valley West Mall has planned. Jordan Creek Town Center starts giveaways in the morning. Click here to read about that. And, click here to see what Southridge Mall has planned.

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