- Black Friday looks totally different thanks to the coronavirus.
- Most big retailers like Walmart and Best Buy are spreading sales across several days.
- In-store sales will not start on Thanksgiving this year, reversing a trend.
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Black Friday shoppers can sleep in this year. COVID-19 has led most retailers to forgo middle of the night openings and in-store only doorbusters. Instead, major retailers are spreading deals across several days or weeks, along with expanding online and curbside pickup options.
Walmart, Target, and Best Buy were some of the first to announce a plan that spread out Black Friday deals and focused on in-store safety. The National Retail Federation projected that overall holiday spending would be slightly down, at $US997.79 per consumer, but 60% of shoppers in its survey said they planned to do at least some holiday shopping online.
Analysts from eMarketer predicted that holiday spending this year would total about $US1 trillion, with a slight decrease in in-store sales but a 35% jump in online sales. The analysts predicted that as shoppers avoid crowds and are drawn in with monthlong sales, e-commerce spending would make up about $US190 billion of the $US1 trillion in holiday spending.
Here are the Black Friday store hours that have been announced so far.
Walmart will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday and on November 14 for another “Black Friday Deals for Days.”
Deals on Black Friday will centre around electronics, toys, apparel, home, and seasonal decor.
Best Buy will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday, then 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on November 28 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 29.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Most stores will open at 5 a.m., according to Dick’s Sporting Goods’ website.
Dick’s Sporting Goods is spreading Black Friday sales over ten days, beginning on November 18 through 11:59 p.m. on November 28, with all stores closed on Thanksgiving.
Home Depot will open at 6 a.m. on November 27.
Lowes will be closed on Thanksgiving, with Black Friday deals from November 26 to December 2, with hours not yet announced.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ’s will have Black Friday deals from November 20 through November 30, with normal hours including an 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. opening for seniors, then 9 a.m. opening for all members.
JCPenney will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
Costco is closed on Thanksgiving and opens at 9 a.m. on Black Friday.
Old Navy has the earliest opening announced so far, from 12 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Gap will open at 6 a.m.
Macy’s will be open 5 a.m. to midnight on Black Friday.
Michaels will run Black Friday deals Wednesday through Friday, although it will be closed on Thanksgiving. On Black Friday, it will open at 7 a.m.
Ulta will open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.
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