Target opens early, releases deals for Black Friday

Target officially announced it would open stores at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving for its Black Friday Sale.

In a similar move as Walmart, Target will also stagger doorbusters with additional deals to begin at 4 a.m. Unlike, Walmart they are not guaranteeing availability of certain doorbuster deals.

Target doorbusters include:

  • iNook Simple Touch e-reader, $49
  • select board games,$7
  • Samsung 50-inch HDTV for $699
  • Nikon L310 digital camera, $99.99
  • Sony PS3 250MB Game System, $199.99

In addition, anyone one who spends $50 or more on apparel, accessories or home products before noon Friday will earn a $10 Target gift card for future purchases.

Target says the early opening is in response to customer demand — the same reasons cited by Sears and Walmart which announced early openings last week — but once again, the move has caused an outcry among store employees. reports 20 new petitions created in the past week asking Target, Walmart and other major retailers to “save Thanksgiving” and stick to Black Friday opening times. Last year more than 200,000 people supported these types of petitions, but clearly it didn’t have much impact on retailers decisions.

What deals are you looking for on Black Friday? Will you take advantage of early openings?

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– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

11 comments Add your comment

Joe in Cobb

November 12th, 2012
12:54 pm

We don’t need petitions. We just need people to stop being dumb-azzes and falling for retailers’ frenzied panics.

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November 12th, 2012
3:20 pm

To borrow an already existing p.r. type of phrase: “Just say no,” to more retail encroachment into Thanksgiving.
Furthermore, make them pay for it down the road by witholding your spending $ from these companies if they go through with their plans.


November 12th, 2012
3:37 pm

I don’t believe for one second that consumers are demanding that retailers open their doors a few hours after having a meal, on what is one of the most sacred of family days. What was once “Black Friday”, should be renamed “Greedy Thursday, before Black Friday”. The fact that a few gullible people have taken this of all holidays to hijack, and make others think that they are going to miss out on something, is unreal. Retailers dangle fake bargains, like golden carrots, in front of us, and the salivation begins.

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November 12th, 2012
7:47 pm

In this economy and work environment, nobody should complain about having to work on holidays. I’ve had to work every holiday, even Christmas and New Years, over the past year.

As for the stores being open, I enjoy having the option to go shopping Thanksgiving night.

Alex Singleton

November 14th, 2012
8:58 pm

Putting out the spin control saying workers were clamoring to work those shifts is a flat-out lie by the Target PR folks. Nobody wanted to work — they were told they will work or they will face the consequences. Period. Paying someone time-and-a-half from 9 pm to midnight on Thanksgiving night when they are scheduled the ENTIRE NIGHT til 7:30 a.m. is also a joke. Pay the freaking workers TRIPLE TIME for their ENTIRE SHIFT. Anything else displays GREED. If Target doesn’t back off and opens on Thanksgiving night, I personally will not shop in any of their stores for all of 2013. They are showing a complete lack of respect for Thanksgiving as a holiday and the people they employ.


November 15th, 2012
10:56 am

Personally I feel that no stores should be open Thanksgiving or Christmas. That is how it used to be and we got by just fine.