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Posted on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 5:58 a.m.

Black Friday store hours guide: Ann Arbor area big box stores to begin rolling out deals Thanksgiving night

By Lizzy Alfs

Midnight is the new 5 a.m. for big-box retailers providing "doorbuster" deals on Black Friday this year.

Nationwide, many big-box stores and malls have announced they’ll open on Thanksgiving night or at midnight Black Friday, and Ann Arbor is no exception.

In the Ann Arbor area, Toys "R" Us in Arborland Center has the earliest Black Friday kickoff: 9 p.m. on Thursday night.

The Walmart stores in Pittsfield Township and Ypsilanti Township — which are both open all day on Thanksgiving — will begin rolling out Black Friday deals at 10 p.m. on Thursday.

Following the early-opening trend, Best Buy and Kohl’s at the Waters Place shopping center in Pittsfield Township will open at midnight. The Target stores on Waters Road and Carpenter Road will open at midnight.

In addition, 22 stores at Briarwood Mall have announced Black Friday midnight openings for the first time in the mall’s history: Macy’s, Starbucks, Ann Taylor, Express, American Eagle, Eddie Bauer, Hot Topic, Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister, Journeys, Bath & Body Works, Aeropostale, PacSun, Gap, Champs, Forever 21, Wet Seal, The Buckle, Windsor, Glitter, Auntie Annes and The Body Shop.

Meijer, which has two locations in Pittsfield Township and one in Scio Township, will begin rolling out Black Friday deals at 4 a.m. Friday. The store will also be open all day on Thanksgiving.

The Old Navy store at Arborland Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and 12 a.m. to 11 p.m. Black Friday. The Michael's store at Arborland will be open from 4-10 p.m. Thanksgiving and early Black Friday.

Other stores will wait to open until 5 a.m. on Friday to open their doors, such as Bed Bath & Beyond in Arborland and the new Dick’s Sporting Goods on Lohr Road. The Kmart stores in Ypsilanti Township and Ann Arbor will also open at 5 a.m.

Lizzy Alfs is a business reporter for Reach her at 734-623-2584 or email her at Follow her on Twitter at



Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 1:49 a.m.

Thank you for the list of stores that I won't be shopping at anytime soon. K-mart is being respectable with a 5am opening, might still patronize their chains.

Ryan Munson

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 1:09 a.m.

Local it is and local it will be for me.

paul wiener

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 8:15 p.m.

Anyone who shops at all on "Black Friday" deserves the economy we have and the government we're getting, and are largely the cause of it. More attention is being paid to the farcical promotion of idiotic, wasteful consumerism than to the tragedy of yesterday's failed debt-reduction vote, which in a few months will wipe out all the "savings" clueless Americans imagine they're achieving on Friday.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 6:01 p.m.

In the retail industry it is the consumers drive the hours. Everyone knows this. Don't blame the stores, blame the greedy, cheap friends and family members that make a demand for &quot;Black Friday&quot;. To me, I go to <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> and have found that deals on Black Friday are not in fact that good of deals anyway. Stay informed, but don't mis-direct your anger towards the owners of these stores.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 4:11 p.m.

Thanksgiving Schedule: Wake up Holler at dog Make Coffee Fiddle around a bit Light Lunch &quot;Help&quot; get the dinner going Watch Lions with family &quot;Help&quot; finish dinner Eat dinner Watch next football game Holler at dog again Give up, take dog for walk Sneak some Turkey Watch a crappy movie Go to bed Too bad the big box stores don't let the families of their employees enjoy the same. Anyway, I won't be going to any of them.

sun runner

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 3:42 p.m.

There are people already camped out in front of a Best Buy in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, in anticipation of the big day. <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a> These people would rather sit in a tent for three days in terrible weather (rain is on its way) than spend time with friends and/or family...for what? So they can save money on a bunch of stuff? Sad.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 8:46 p.m.

It's all about perception. If someone posts an xbox for $100 (limited to 5 per store) then at least 20 people will stand in line for days with the hope of getting that deal. I've seen people stand in line for 2 hours for a free $1 kiddie ice cream cone. How about driving 5 miles out of your way to save maybe $1 on a tank of gas? Do the math people.

Dog Guy

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 3:06 p.m.

For Shop Local Saturday should I drive Japanese or German? And why rush, we have many shopping days until Holiday. Merry Holiday, everyone!


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 8:43 p.m.

For driving it doesn't matter much if you've already purchased it. Conserve trips and try to carpool or walk so that more funds stay local (instead of money out for foreign oil). Agree with no need to rush, plenty of shopping days ahead. Cheers!


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 2:22 p.m.

Isn't this TOO MUCH Consumerism? Stay Home and enjoy!


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 1:34 p.m.

If you don't like how commercial the holidays have become then take a stand and DO NOT patronize any stores open on Thanksgiving or go shopping on &quot;Black Friday&quot;. If you care about your community then also be sure to SHOP LOCAL. Maybe next year the workers at these stores could stay home and spend time with their families. Rest assured the same landfill fodder made in China will still be there Saturday, Sunday and the rest of the week but with far less stress and crowds. If you are concerned about whether or not a doorbuster item you &quot;must have&quot; will be available for a certain price you probably shouldn't be buying it. When you think about it do you really need more stuff anyway? Perhaps instead take a cue from Dr. Seuss and Instead use your time and resources to assist local families hit by hard times that could use a leg up now and the rest of the year. Take a stand against consumerism and commercialization. Put more meaning into this season and each and every day. The reward will be far greater than any &quot;thing&quot; (made in China) you can buy.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 1:09 p.m.

Kudos to you, Mr. Masing! The 2nd annual Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. On November 26, please shop at your favorite local stores and help fuel the economy. When we all shop small, it will be huge.

David Paris

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 12:46 p.m.

Let me guess, for stores opening at midnight on Black Friday- they won't have to pay Holiday Pay to their employees? I don't know if that's the case, but it would be really shameful if it were. Either way, I won't be going shopping on Friday, but maybe Saturday in support of Local Business.

David Paris

Wed, Nov 23, 2011 : 12:10 a.m.

@ SonnyDog &amp; EyeHateA2: I've never worked in retail ON a holiday, nor at midnight, 1 minute after a holiday. I feel sorry for you if you have.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

Holiday Pay? You must be kidding. I take it you have never worked in retail.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 4:06 p.m.

Holiday pay? Are these union jobs?

Hans Masing

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : noon

Since our employees at Tree Town Toys deserve time off with their families, we proudly announce that we will NOT be open on Thanksgiving Day nor will we ask our staff to come in at 3:00 am on Friday morning. We also think that *you* deserve this time to spend with your families and hope that you enjoy your Thanksgiving Day. You can count on us to be here for you every other day this week during our regular hours. Thanks for shopping small and local this holiday season and helping to keep your money in Ann Arbor, it really makes a huge difference.

Urban Sombrero

Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 7:27 p.m.

That is awesome. Your employees are very fortunate to have a boss like you. It's too bad money trumps humanity, in so many other retail establishments. Happy Thanksgiving!


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 4:06 p.m.

Thank you.


Tue, Nov 22, 2011 : 1:38 p.m.

Hans, you've nailed it. Rest assured if there is a need to purchase any high quality toys, games or other related items your either store or Riders carries they will be purchased from your store(s) and we will highly recommend to others that they do the same. A business owner with family values, empathy and a conscience. Will wonders never cease! Amazing!