GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Black Friday starts a day early once again this year, with many stores in our area set to open Thanksgiving afternoon and evening. Yet, this creates a conflict with Thanksgiving dinner, which has some people fired up.
There’s this ongoing debate over what’s more profitable—spending Thanksgiving with family and friends, or moving product off the shelves. But many stores are making Black Friday seem more and more like black Thursday.
According to the National Retail Federation, sales from last year’s Black Friday weekend totaled more than $50 billion, with more than 133 million people shopping in stores or online.
Every year, we see stores flip flop, some opening earlier and earlier on Thanksgiving, and others choosing to give the holiday back to employees. Some stores here in Greenville open with deals as early as 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Some locals we spoke with are against all this.
“I would not stand in line for any deal if they were giving it away. I really think that the stores should be closed on Black Friday and I think they should celebrate the holiday and give all citizens the opportunity to celebrate the holiday,” Melvin Hill said.
As it has for almost 30 years, Walmart will be open 24 hours, but Black Friday sales will start at 6 p.m. Best Buy is opening at 5 p.m., along with Toys ‘R’ Us and J.C. Penney. Target and K-Mart seek to match Walmart by opening at 6 p.m. Also opening at 6 is Macy’s, with its earliest holiday start ever. Rounding out the 6 p.m. openings are Kohl’s, Sears, and Staples. Big Lots will open bright and early at 7 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Many Radio Shack locations will open twice, from 8 a.m. to noon, then re-opening at 5 p.m.