Black Friday: Deals and store hours from top retailers

When it comes to Black Friday shopping, your best weapon is preparation. Know the deals, know the store hours and know when to call it quits. The last one is up to you, but here’s a little help on the first two:

Doorbusters are the big deals everyone is after. Foursquare, a location app for smartphones and tablets, analyzed more than 2 billion check-ins during Black Friday 2011 to determine the most popular retailers. From 10 of those top stores, here are some of the advertised deals you can expect to see this Thursday or Friday.

(Remember, these items will go quickly — unless you’re shopping the guaranteed items at Walmart this year. More on that below.)

Best Buy: Toshiba 40-inch LCD 1080p HDTV, $179.99; Toshiba Smart Blu-ray Disc Player, $39.99; Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 White 7-inch tablet, $179.99; Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, $48 (with 2-year activation).

Dick’s Sporting Goods: BOGO on fleece-lined Crocs; Livestrong LS8.0T Treadmill, $599.98; men’s or women’s Asics running shoes, $79.98.

Home Depot: Martha Stewart Living 7.5 foot LED pre-lit Christmas tree, $59; Makita 12-volt max lithium-ion drill/driver and impact driver kit, $99; GE 3.7 cu. ft. washer or 6.8 cu. ft. Duradrum dryer, $349 each.

JC Penney: Boots, $25; puffer jackets, $30; sweatshirts and pants, $8 each; 7-piece comforter sets, $70; Dockers outerwear for men, $70.

Kmart: Seiki 24-inch LED 1080 HDTV, $88; HP 15.6 -inch g6 Pavilion laptop, $299.99; Panasonic home theater system, $99.99.

Kohl’s: All toys from Fisher-Price, Playskool, Little Tikes, Barbie and more, 50 percent off; reversible six- or eight-piece bedding sets, $49.99; eight-inch Polaroid Android Tablet, $89.99 (after $30 mail-in rebate). For every $50 spent, get $15 in Kohl’s cash, redeemable Nov. 26-Dec. 3.

Macy’s: Cast-iron casseroles, 60 percent off; men’s Michael Kors camelhair sportcoat, $99.99; six-piece MP3 compatible drum set, $49.99.

Target: Nikon L310 digital camera, $99.99; Nook Simple Touch E-reader; $49; Memorex DVD Player, $19.99; $60 gift card when you buy any iPad at regular price (except iPad mini).

Toys R Us: Leapfrog Tag Reading System with Book, $19.99; select Lego products, 40 percent off; Casio 61-Key Light-up keyboard with adapter, $79.99. Reward members earn 10 percent back on holiday purchases through Dec. 24.

Walmart: Xbox 360 4GB SkyLanders Bundle, $149 (part of 8 p.m. Thursday doorbusters). In- stock guarantee for 1 hour between 10-11 p.m.Thursday on: Emerson 32-inch LCD, $148; iPad 2, 16GB, $399 with $75 gift card, and LG Blu-ray player, $38.


A sampling of major retailers:

Belk: Midnight Friday

BJ’s: 7 a.m. Friday

Best Buy: Midnight Friday (Tickets distributed up to two hours before opening.)

Brandsmart: 10 p.m. Thursday

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Midnight Friday

Disney Store: Midnight Friday (the Perimeter Mall location opens  at 6 a.m.)

H.H. Gregg: 10 p.m. Thursday

Home Depot: 5 a.m. Friday

JC Penney: 6 a.m. Friday

Kohl’s: Midnight Friday

Lowe’s: 5 a.m. Friday

Kmart: 6 a.m. (until 4 p.m.) and 8 p.m. Thursday

Macy’s: Midnight Friday

Rite Aid: 7 a.m. Friday

Sam’s Club: 7 a.m. Friday

Sears: 8 p.m. Thursday

Staples: 5 a.m. Friday

Stein Mart: 7 a.m. Friday

Target: 9 p.m. Thursday

Toys R Us: 8 p.m. Thursday

Walmart: 8 p.m. Thursday


A sampling of major malls:

(Individual store hours may vary.)

Atlantic Station: 8 a.m. Friday

Arbor Place Mall: 5 a.m. Friday

Cumberland Mall: Midnight Friday

Sugarloaf Mills: Midnight Friday

Gallery at South DeKalb: Midnight Friday

Greenbriar Mall: 8 a.m. Friday

LaGrange Mall: Midnight Friday

Lenox Square: Midnight Friday

Mall of Georgia: Midnight Friday

Mall at Stonecrest: Midnight Friday

North DeKalb Mall: 9 a.m. Friday

North Georgia Premium Outlets: Midnight Friday

North Point Mall: Midnight Friday

Northlake Mall: 4 a.m. Friday

Perimeter Mall: 6 a.m. Friday

Phipps Plaza: 8 a.m. Friday

Southlake Mall: 6 a.m. Friday

Tanger Outlets: Midnight Friday

Town Center at Cobb: Midnight Friday


Help me scout the best deals, starting Thanksgiving Day. Comment on the blog or send updates and observations via Facebook| Twitter (#BlackFridayATL)| Email

– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog

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Finn McCool

November 20th, 2012
10:28 am

Boycott Thursday shopping

Stores should be closed on Thursday so retail employees can have a day off to spend with their family. If you shop on Thursday you re telling the companies that you are ok with them making their employees work on this holiday.


November 20th, 2012
11:12 am

Totally agree with Finn McCool.
I used to work in retail it is hard to have to leave your family. One day of Black Friday is enough you already have to go to work at the crack of dawn on Black Friday. I never shop on Thanksgiving Day. Leave Thursday as a day of Thanks!

Forget Family I Need Cheap Chinese Junk For Happiness

November 20th, 2012
1:28 pm

You people that participate in this pathetic display of materialism are everything that is wrong with this country. Not only do you cherish the need to waste money you dont have on junk you dont need; your sheep like mentality to follow the media brainwashing screws retail workers into having to spend Thanksgiving catering to your worthless a$$. Get a life and find other things besides buying Fleeced Crocs at 11:30 PM on Thanksgiving night to bring you happiness. Allow me to reiterate….LOSERS each and everyone of you.


November 20th, 2012
3:11 pm

There is no need for these stores to be opened on Thanksgiving day. There isn’t anything you need on Thursday that can’t wait until Friday. It’s not like it is a hospital, fire, or police that ACTUALLY need to work on holidays. Don’t go shopping and thank those people that work jobs that serve the community. Let the retail employees spend time with their families


November 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

because all these people are spending quality time with their family at midnight on friday


November 20th, 2012
3:54 pm

They are talking to the stores/malls that are opening on Thanksgiving night (7-8 p.m.). I, for one,AM still enjoying time with my family at that hour.

I am disgusted by the stores opening on Thanksgiving night. As a former retail employee of 12 years, I was only guaranteed two days a year to enjoy with my family. Thankfully I have parted ways with retail because this would have me absolutely livid with the higher-ups. They aren’t the ones that have to give up time with their families so it really doesn’t matter to them. My heart hurts for friends that have yet to leave the mall life because this has become insane. Why have a holiday called “Thanksgiving” when you’re giving these employees very little to be thankful for? If you are one of those that choose to shop on Thursday night, at least be kind to these employees. You all are at your most obnoxious on Black Friday and these employees are leaving their families to put up with you.


November 20th, 2012
3:55 pm

Shouldnt the store openings say Midnight Thursday, not Midnight Friday???? Im just saying

Brandt Hardin

November 20th, 2012
4:02 pm

Black Friday is a moral sacrilege to our founding history as Americans. Every year, human lives are claimed by a feverish frenzy of glutinous greed as shoppers are driven to the brink of insanity by the eccentricities of this circus. Shopping should never be a sport nevertheless the most dangerous one. No life is worth a gaming console, computer or any electronic device. Read about the true meaning of the Harvest and Thanksgiving at

Miss J

November 20th, 2012
4:24 pm

@Forget Family I Need Cheap Chinese Junk For Happiness “You people that participate in this pathetic display of materialism are everything that is wrong with this country”

Are you kidding me….what country do you live in.

The U.S. was born and breed on capitalism. We live in a free market society. Our economy is dependent on its citizens spending lot of money.
If you don’t like it —go live Russia or Cuba…..

Now for all those folks complaining about the “poor retail folks having to work on Thanksgiving” – PLEASE give me a break.

Let’s see what occupations have to work on holidays.

1. The Police
2. Firefighters
3. Doctors
4. Nurses
5. Military
6. Gas Station employees
7. Food Service employees
8. Hospital employees
…………..I JUST SAYING…………..

Me again

November 20th, 2012
4:45 pm

Miss J… Nice. The whole move to Russia if you don’t like it argument. I am sure you will fit right in Thursday night knocking over 75 year old Wal Mart employees to get that last flat screen. Don’t question my appreciation of capitalism because I find this tradition to be insane. baaaack to the herd miss j

Rise Up

November 20th, 2012
4:52 pm

90% of these crowds are women gone wild.


November 20th, 2012
4:57 pm

Someone can make the argument that the country needs as many consumer-promoted gimmicks as possible. And yes, many other jobs require that a person works holidays. However, Black Friday is the tradition. The day after Thanksgiving when you wake up while it’s still dark and go work off Thanksgiving dinner in a frenzy of sale-fed mania. My disagreement with opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving is that the holiday is being taken away. Midnight on Friday seemed the extreme a year or two ago, but at least there was still enough time for Cousin Jack and Aunt Jill to leave with a plate of leftovers. The truly scary part is people, not workers, are being robbed of a holiday. The world is supposed to slow down outside a bit on certain days, and somehow, we’re managing to eliminate that small joy.

Apparently not born and bred on an education

November 20th, 2012
5:03 pm

Miss can we at least speak proper English? Born and Bred not Breed
As far as capitalism goes, it can be done on every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you want something that badly order it online.


November 20th, 2012
5:27 pm

Wow what a bunch of losers! Boycotts? Sad what this country has become. And some of those malls in the ghetto opening at midnight? Yea that’s a great idea. Hope plenty of cops are on hand.


November 20th, 2012
5:49 pm

I think it is crazy to be opening at that time….usually I’m wrapping up my night with a turkey sandwich!!! However with that said Miss J made an interesting point with all the others that have to work. Keep in mind as well if you boycott shopping on Thursday please avoid giving phones as Christmas presents. The customer service portion of the wireless industry is certainly open on Xmas (and every other holiday) to make sure your phones get activated!! So if you think it’s a travesty to work on Thanksgving night imagine how many parents do not get to wake with their kids on Christmas to activate your phones. I’m using this as a mere point that **it happens and not evrything is how it should be. Have fun for those that wanna shop and enjoy staying home for those that don’t!!

Me again

November 20th, 2012
6:32 pm

Miss J’s point really isn’t a good one… Wal Mart associate does not rank up there with law enforcement, military and Dr’s in terms of mission essential jobs. You need to have Dr’s on Thanksgiving you don’t need to buy an IPAD from a Target employee on TG. Kind of a stupid comparison really.


November 21st, 2012
2:06 am

Don’t take pity on the poor retail workers. Three possible scenarios for them being there. 1) They are still in high school and need money for drugs and beer or what ever it is the kids are doing these days, so they will gladly work the extra hours to get money. 2) They are high school drop outs and still need money for drugs and beer, so having to work holidays should encourage them to get their act together; and 3) Regular working people who seek seasonal employment so they can have some extra cash to treat their families to a nice Christmas, hence they don’t mind doing it. We live in a capitalistic society. It should be the companies choice to do what ever they want and the market will respond accordingly. If we give in to all you whiny socialist who want to keep the sanctity of Thanksgiving, then who’s to say you won’t stop their. I don’t tell you to stop being a fat slob wearing out the keys on your keyboard with those greasy fingers as you rant about not having enough time enjoy all the delicious food you just made. So please don’t tell me to stop trying to save a few bucks on a TV. Besides, Thanksgiving is a BS holiday anyways. The pilgrims abused the natives by making them slaves, stealing their land and food, and spreading small pox. Its just an excuse to take off work, eat food and watch some football. I like black Friday because it is a surge for the economy and a way for middle class folks to afford a better Christmas. Also it accounts for about one half of their yearly exercise for these fat women who make up 90% of the people attending the sales. So what this comes down to is that it shouldn’t matter how others decide to spend their holiday.

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November 22nd, 2012
11:26 am






November 22nd, 2012
11:37 am

@Me Again 6:32pm – As a former airline employee, I can tell you there are many industries who will be working on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Are you equally outraged about the airline, bus, Amtrak, taxi employees who have always worked on holidays? What about gas station/quickie mart employees? Don’t forget the food service employees – restaurant workers, pizza delivery, etc. How about the place where people board their pets? And then there are grocery stores that are open in case you forgot to buy that can of cranberry sauce. All of these people have families, too, and none of them are “critical” like police or hospitals. I personally don’t leave the house on Thanksgiving so I can enjoy it with my family. But as someone who has spent many holidays working, I find it very hypocritical that people get on their moral high horse about retail employees working.


November 22nd, 2012
11:53 am

Every year for YEARS we have went to Big Lots after putting our tree up on Thanksgiving Thursday. It was the only store open, we were full and ready to get out of the house for a few hours. If you don’t want to work on Holidays, don’t work in retail or as others have mentioned….other business where you are required to work odd hours. The great thing about America, we can choose to do what suits us. If you disapprove of the Thursday shopping hours, DON’T Shop:) See how easy that is?


November 22nd, 2012
11:59 am

I may pass out from not caring so much. Thank god Ill be out of this country soon. No more people yelling a and screaming my side is right from behind a computer or in public for that matter. Yes, I appreciate severs, flight attendants married to a former one), waffle house cooks, football players and the like.. I am 35 and have worked on at least 4 Thanksgivings. To some they may have chose to work this day for they extra pay oe the fact that their family is awful (half of mine is terrible) As far as the cheap prices on Black Friday… If you don’t like it don’t go!!! If you want to save $60 on a Blu Ray go for it. It’s america. We are thnakful for being free to do what the hell we want. Me personally, To me dealing with overweight suburban women (YES ITS A STEREOTYPE) fighting for a video game (similar to the Cabbage Patch Kids riots of 1983) outweighs the money I would have saved on a new grill. But if the reverse is your bag, then go for it. My sister loves it and my Mom hates its. Also soon you all will learn that Black Friday is not the enemy, but Face Book addiction. Get your kids off unless you want to raise robots. happy Thanksgiving..

Truth seeker

November 22nd, 2012
12:06 pm

Listen up those complaining about working on Thanksgiving and getting paid time and a half (ie, Walmart workers getting paid on average 18 dollars an hour). Get over it. The following is a list of those happily working on holidays too….Kroger, medical profession and emergency responders, military, any of you complainers watching the Thanksgiving day parade on tv before you head to work? yep, they’re working too, truck drivers, airline workers and pilots, cruise ship people, hotel and hospitality, waffle house, Piccadilly, cracker barrel, Golden coral buffet (12.99), dog kennels, power and utility operation, Crews to run the NFL, many volunteers for the homeless,
So please shut up and appreciate your health and family and the opportunity to contribute and receive in our wonderful American process…..

Sam Walton

November 22nd, 2012
12:07 pm

If it weren’t for my employees and their whining about the jobs I provide for them, most consumers would never have known WalMart was open today on Thanksgiving.

There is no Thanksgiving in China, so what in tarnation are my employees or shoppers complaining about? — Sam


November 22nd, 2012
12:13 pm

sam walton.. How clever and sarcastic. Are you wearing anything made in another country. Are you a student at Kennesaw State


November 22nd, 2012
12:25 pm

Dude , I hate Wal Mart too. But a a libertatrian I choose not to shop there. You, go out and protest to make sure that it doesn’t harm your community. If everyone in you r community feels how you do, they It will go out of business. But people will shop there and you will look for a way at gun point (the government) to keep it out or shut it down. It is odd in 20 -30 years when people in eastern Europe where begging for Coke, Adidas, Metallicam and choices on what they ate that hiptsters and ex hippies come out to hate something that benefit some many people in poverty (low prices, employment) Once they get to big they will fail, (Barnes and Nobel, Blockbuster, etc..) Extreme left and right wingers both blow, so Sam Walton, grow up dude and once you are 35-45 and working you may understand. In the other hand you may inherit millions and move to Lake Claire or Inman Park with the rest of the ex hippies who inherrrited money to afford a 500k house. Happy Thanksgiving!! bout to get into so farm raised cage free Turkey.


November 22nd, 2012
1:07 pm


great blog. I apologize for getting political. I felt I needed to answer the last troll trying to get a jab in. Happy T Giving


November 22nd, 2012
3:25 pm

I’m not a shopper, but I must say that no one is supporting grocery store workers for time off either. Every one I drive by is packed. Animal boarders also work through holidays. People LOVE that! Look, if you don’t like your hours, get a new profession.


November 22nd, 2012
3:31 pm

Also, my cousin has worked at Walmart many years and has CP. They have always been flexible with her and the illness. I don’t shop there but am thankful that she has an understanding employer.

Mean CEO Tom

November 22nd, 2012
7:13 pm

Make everyone in America start working on Thanksgiving! I work 50% for the government and 45% for the man…hum…that leaves 5% for my family…hurry up kids and wife, give me a hug and bye now, have to pay for food stamps for the same people waiting outside the stores right now. They may need some additional assistance so please be patient with the lower middle class…now everyone back to work.


November 22nd, 2012
7:26 pm

Forget the retail workers…what about those poor football players that have to beat the crap out of each other for our thanksgiving enjoyment…they are the real victims!!

absolut atl

November 22nd, 2012
9:19 pm


If you’re going to write and article pointing out deals and locations on the busiest shopping day of the year GET THE PRICE RIGHT!!!!!



November 22nd, 2012
9:32 pm

Wow..absolut atl…tis the season…calm down…look at the Home Depot ad…front page…it is regularly $179 and is on sale for $59.

absolut atl

November 23rd, 2012
1:00 am

ok…. my apologies. when looking at for their black friday sales it has the 7.5 ft martha stewart tree that is regularly 199 for 159.20. i’m in winston-salem for a visit and was going to stop by on my way home tomorrow and was looking at the website. I can’t speak for the local circular.