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Grey Thursday: Black Friday Starts Early at Selected Retailers

Lisa.Kramer

First, there was just Black Friday. Then there was Cyber Monday. And now, since good things come in threes, we have the latest in the discount holiday shopping days series: Grey Thursday. This Thanksgiving, November 22, many popular retailers across the nation will open their doors for eager discount shoppers.

Grey Thursday is a perfect way to work off a third helping of pumpkin pie (shopping is cardio!), get out of doing the dishes or watching some boring football game, or get a head start on holiday shopping deals. Check out the following list of stores that will open on Thanksgiving Day:

  • Gander Mountain: This outdoor recreation store will be open on Thanksgiving Day until midnight. The store reopens on Black Friday morning.
  • Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic: Nearly 800 Old Navy stores, more than 200 combined Gap and Gap Outlet stores, and more than 100 Banana Republic and Banana Republic Factory stores are open. An additional 1,500 combined Gap, Gap Outlet, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and Banana Republic Factory stores will open at midnight on Thanksgiving Day. Call your local store to confirm hours.
  • Kmart: Kmart will be open from 6 a.m to 4 p.m and from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Stores will reopen on Black Friday at 5 a.m.
  • Sears: Sears will open at 8 p.m. and remain open overnight until 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
  • Walgreens: Walgreens will open at 9 a.m. All Walgreens Black Friday deals and price cuts will be available on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Simon Premium Outlet Centers: Selected stores at selected Simon Premium Outlet Centers locations will open at either 9 p.m, 10 p.m., or 11 p.m. Call your local Simon Premium Outlet Center stores to confirm Thanksgiving Day hours.
  • Tanger Factory Outlet Malls: Some Tanger Factor Outlet Malls are having a Moonlight Madness event where selected stores open at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. On the Tanger Factory Outlet Mall website, select your local Tanger Outlet location from a drop down list. If your Tanger Outlet opens at 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, you will see a Moonlight Madness icon. Click on this icon to see special Moonlight Madness deals valid at the location you have selected from 10 p.m on Thanksgiving Day to 6 a.m or 8 a.m. the next morning. For example at the Fort Myers, Florida location, special Moonlight Madness deals include Goldtoe (30% off entire store from 10 p.m. November 22 to 8 a.m November 23), Kitchen Collection (take an additional 50% off clearance merchandise from 10 p.m November 22 until 6 a.m November 23), and Reebok (free $25 gift card with purchase of $125 from midnight November 22 to 8 a.m November 23.)
  • You can also sign up here to download a Deals After Dark Savings Pass that is good for 20% off any single item from any Tanger Outlet store between 10 p.m November 22 and 3 a.m November 23.
  • Target: Target will be open from 9 p.m to 11 p.m on Thanksgiving. The store will reopen on Black Friday morning.
  • Toys”R”Us: Some Toys”R”Us locations open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and stay open until 10 p.m on Black Friday. Other Toys”R”US locations open at midnight on Thanksgiving Day. Make sure to call your local Toys”R”Us store to confirm Thanksgiving Day hours.
  • Walgreens: Walgreens will open at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. All Walgreens Black Friday deals and price cuts begin a day early on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Walmart: This year, Walmart will kick off its in-store specials at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, followed by its big electronics event at 10 p.m. For a list of some of the top-selling items available at 8 p.m and 10 p.m at Walmart on Thanksgiving Day, click here.

Walmart guarantees it will have its three most popular items available for customers who line up at the store on Thanksgiving Day between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. The items are: Apple iPad®2 16GB with Wi-Fi ($399 plus a bonus $75 Walmart gift card); an Emerson® 32-inch 720p LCD TV for $148 (originally priced at $228); and an LG® Blu-ray™ Disc player for $38 (about half off the original price). How it works: If you want one (or two or three) of these selected items, line up in the designated area at your Walmart store between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. If you are in line and the product you want sells out, Walmart will issue you a Guarantee Card. The item must be paid for and registered online by midnight on Thanksgiving and will be shipped, free of charge, to the store where it was purchased for you to pick up before December 25.

If you plan on visiting any of the stores on this list on Grey Thursday (Thanksgiving Day) or Black Friday, make sure to call your local store ahead of time to confirm Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday hours and special deals.

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