Retailers this year will open for Black Friday sales early enough tomake shoppers choose between hot deals and hot apple pie afterThanksgiving dinner.
From Toys R Us to Target to Walmart, retailers are opening as early as 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night.
ToysR Us announced Monday that its Black Friday will begin on Nov. 22 whendoors open at 8 p.m, an hour earlier than last year.
To enticeshoppers to line up even earlier, the toy retailer will give the first200 customers at each location a free "Great Big Goody Bag" full ofstocking-stuffers up to $30 in value.
"You can have your dinner,then come to our store. We all know that everybody gets burned out onturkey and football," says Troy Rice, chief of store operations, whoexpects stores to have lines from 500 to more than 1,000 people by thetime doors open.
Despitean increase in online shopping, Black Friday isn't going anywhere.About 51% of consumers plan to go holiday shopping Thanksgiving weekend,according to a study out Monday from consulting firm Bain.
Opening earlier every year:
• Target. Thediscounter said Monday that doors will open earlier than ever at 9 p.m.on Thanksgiving, offering sales such as $199.99 Sony PS3 consoles and$49 Nook Simple Touch e-readers. From 4 a.m. to noon on the day afterThanksgiving, the retailer will give $10 gift cards to shoppers spendingover $50 in some categories.
"Many prefer to shop following theirfamily gatherings rather than in the very early hours of the morning,"says Target spokeswoman Jenna Reck.
• Walmart. Target'sannouncement follows Walmart's last week saying its Black Friday willstart on Thursday at 8 p.m., two hours earlier than last year.
• Sears. Consumerscan start shopping at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving and keep on going until 10p.m. the next day, says Sears spokesperson Brian Hanover.
"Theydrop their drumsticks, and they pick up doorbusters," he says. Membersof Sears' ShopYourWay program can access Black Friday deals onlinestarting on Sunday.
• Kmart. The discounter will be openfrom 6 a.m to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving, with a break for dinner until 8p.m. after which stores are open until 3 a.m. Stores re-open two hourslater on Friday morning, and stay open until 11 p.m. Kmart has opened onThanksgiving since 1991.
• Staples. The office supplierwill give shoppers until 5 a.m. to digest their turkey dinners and startshopping its new inventory of big-screen TVs and video game consoles anhour earlier than last year. Those who arrive before noon on Friday canscore savings over $200 on certain HP PCs with Windows 8. Additionaldeals will be offered all week starting on Sunday in store and onlinewith free shipping to boot.
• PetSmart.And pets won't be left out of the holiday excitement, either. Felineand canine Santa Clauses will be able to shop for their furry friends atPetSmart starting at 7 a.m on Friday, the retailer announced Tuesday.
BlackFriday deals include $19.99 Sunbeam Gourmet Dog Treat Makers, and 50%off pet toys and doggy sweaters. Select online-only pet products will be75% off starting on Monday. After all, 76% of pet owners give Fido orFluffy presents for the holidays, according to PetSmart.