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Posted on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:04 a.m.

Black Friday moves to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day for U.S. Walmart stores

By Paula Gardner

It's official: Black Friday isn't just about Friday anymore.

Walmart - the nation's largest retailer - will rollback hours on what used to be a post-Thanksgiving shopping ritual to even earlier on Thanksgiving Day.

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According to a report in the Huffington Post, Walmart will start its Black Friday promotions at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, a full two hours earlier than in 2011.

Apparently, the early hours are a sign that retailers are strategizing about spending forecasts: Holiday spending is expected to rise 4.1 percent, according to the National Retail Federation, down from 5.6 percent a year earlier.

Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor already announced its earliest opening time ever: The largest shopping center in Washtenaw County will open at midnight.

Here's how Walmart will be luring shoppers, according to the HuffPo article: The store will be offering video games starting at $10 and home appliances such as a Crock Pot slow cooker and a Mr. Coffee maker for $9.44 each.

Read the Huffington Post report.



Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 7:36 p.m.

DISGUSTING. but completely predictable. classic walmart b.s.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 2:05 p.m.

Is Wal-Mart really that anti-family? Can't workers enjoy the day with family, if they so wish? Do those with the big bucks need an extra day to find all of those "bargains" at Wal-Mart? How about focusing on shopping locally? No Wal-Mart shopping here.

Tom Todd

Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 1:55 a.m.

Come on folks not buying any of this sympathy for walmart employees this is Michigan we support corporation hoarding all the profits and the minions getting pennies.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

wah wah there is no need for a CBA amendment in the constitution, get over it.

Dog Guy

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 8:50 p.m.

Walmart has two Christmas decorations among the Disney, wildlife, and Santa items. Most other retailers would rather go broke in December than admit that Christmas ever happened. It's always winter and never Christmas nowadays.

greg, too

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:42 p.m.

Meijer starting Christmas in September. Lowes on November 1. Pretty soon they will start it in June....wait, what is that Christmas in July thing? I'm not sure I understand your comment as every retailer bilks the christmas season as long as posible. Pretty soon we will just have construction season (may-nov) and christmas season (the rest of the year).


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 6:29 p.m.

What a joke, I feel for the workers. They better get paid triple time for having to come in on Thanksgiving.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

Why bother closing on Thanksgiving at all? While we are at it lets stay open on Xmas day for the last, last, last minute shoppers! I hope the employees are getting paid good for this (as in double or triple time).


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 7:33 p.m.

djacks, don't count on it. most employers go to enormous lengths to avoid paying their employees anywhere near 40 hours, let alone(gasp)overtime.


Fri, Nov 9, 2012 : 12:06 a.m.

This is the thing about retail. Front line employees could look forward (in most cases) to three days off -Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Today's trends include stores open on Easter and now creeping ever-so-close to Thanksgiving Day (and if you work at Wal-Mart or Meijer's, you work Thanksgiving day anyway). Now one difference for Mejier's (and Kroger too). Since their front-line employees are unionized, they do get paid 1.5 (or time and one-half) for working on the holiday. If you are not at Meijer's or Kroger's you are paid NOTHING different working on Thanksgiving Day, at Midnight Friday Morning or at 4AM. Also, yes next...hyper-consumerism will move ...includes moving right sales on into Christmas Day. Heck, why not. Those last, last, last minute shoppers have to be served, according to Retail Boardroom Executives...who are enjoying the holiday's with their families.

Kyle Mattson

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 6:33 p.m.

djack- I'd assume the need to close gives the store time to set up for black Friday by restocking, putting out special displays/product, and reconfiguring the store as needed.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 5:44 p.m.

I'm not surprised that this is going on at Wal Mart. They've always feigned being pro family. This just underscores their contempt for family.

Ghost of Tom Joad

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

now they're changing the definition of days of the week. If you're going to call something "Black Friday" it really should be on, you know, A FRIDAY.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

Maybe Thanksgiving day will be called grey Thursday from now on (as in it's a grey area whether it's considered a holiday now and not a prequel to Black Friday)?


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:28 p.m.

Basically its ridiculous and unnecessary for the employees required to stop Thanksgiving night celebrations for hyper- consumerism season that begins with "Black Friday". As for Meijer's, it makes sense for a grocery store to be open for items needed to complete the Thanksgiving dinner. Yet, Best Buy, Radio Shack, A & F, Champs, Macy's? What do these stores sell that you (consumer) can't wait a day to buy, really? I've worked in retail in Management and Merchandising functions for nearly +10 years. As for the "Black Friday" concept that should now be called "Stuff the turkey in your mouth and GET TO WORK, Thursday", it has gotten downright sad how much retail corporate bosses in executive boardrooms don't give a darn about their front line workers. This is also why retail employees need to pursue unionization. Why? Because even after serving your (consumer) needs on Thursday night/Friday morning, you can bet words has been passed down from Boardroom Based Retail Executives that front line employees will NOT receive any overtime Thanksgiving week. Remember in retail, O.T. is only over 40 hours worked in a week, not over 8 hours worked in a day.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 7:31 p.m.

amen, sister!! UNION! UNION! UNION!!!!!!


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:08 p.m.

This is ridiculous...if you support Wal Mart and shop there...then you are part of the problems this country is facing.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 7:29 p.m.

dsponini, absolutely. Wal-Mart is absolutely evil and I will never, ever step foot into one. I could not care less how low their prices are, the way they treat their employees is abominable and it is for that reason that I will boycott them for the rest of my days.

Tom Todd

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:47 p.m.

ferdcom see grimmk


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:12 p.m.



Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

They can open their doors but I hope the stores are empty.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:39 p.m.

Amazon is always open, and probably has better deals anyway. Stay home with your families, go to bed early, get a good night's sleep.

greg, too

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:37 p.m.

The little local guy sells on amazon. That's how he stays open.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:22 p.m.

Uh, what ever happened to buy local from the little guy?

Paula Gardner

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:19 p.m.

A couple of Walmart tidbits: Walmart's US stores generated $258 billion in sales in 2010. It's also the world's largest employer.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 7:25 p.m.

Paula, there is a book that I strongly recommend you read, the title is "how Wal-Mart is Destroying America, and the world, and what you can do about it." this well-researched book should be Required Reading across America's high schools. as for their employees....they are treated like TOTAL DIRT. how's THAT for a tidbit?!?!


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 7:21 p.m.

Paula, no need to apologize. I'm sick of all the misinformation that has been repeated over and over by people who just mouth what they've "heard" and never looked into anything. Maybe there won't be any trampling incidents because of the earlier start. I personally prefer not to participate in the so-called "holiday spirit" of shopping like that.

Paula Gardner

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

I'm not suggesting anything. Thought readers would find it interesting that this is the kind of money behind the decision to cut into the Thanksgiving holiday.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:34 p.m.

And these "tidbits" have what to do with this National Holiday? You appear to be suggesting that Walmart sales figures are more important than family and friends. Don't forget you cannot take "it' with you. So what do worship? Money?


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 4:17 p.m.

Of which its employees are on food stamps or slaving away in inhumane conditions. I wish Walmart could be shut down.


Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:14 p.m.

On the one hand, it is easy to bemoan the death of holidays in favor of the almighty dollar. On the other hand, Walmart and other brick-and-mortar retailers have had their hand forced by online retailing. Walmart doesn't want you sit down on the sofa with your tablet or laptop and start your holiday shopping at Amazon. As an aside, note that the snowmen and reindeer have been in place inside the malls for a week now. Look for this (uncomfortable) trend to continue.

Jonathan Blutarsky

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 3:11 p.m.

I'm betting the people who actually made this decision will at home with their loved ones enjoying themselves at 8pm Thanksgiving evening. For the love of money...


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 : 7:35 p.m.

Jonathan, you can count on it.

greg, too

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:36 p.m.

Just move it November 1 like they do with the rest of the christmas stuff. Have fun at Walmart people. I am going to be at home with a beer watching football with my family.