Black Friday 2016 Store Hours Update + The Return of Grey Thursday: Macy's Opening 5PM Thanksgiving

Black Friday 2016 Store Hours + The Return of Grey Thursday

As you may have already seen, we've been compiling a list of 2016 Black Friday and Thanksgiving Store Hours. Stores both big and small are included in our list so far, and we're adding more every few days. We've just added our earliest start time yet: Macy's will be opening at 5PM on Thanksgiving this year.

There is a growing number of people that want to keep Thanksgiving separate from the glorious shopping event that is Black Friday, and merchants finally seem to be listening. So far this year we know of almost 50 stores that will keep their brick-and-mortar doors closed on Thanksgiving. We are expecting more and more stores to stay closed on Thanksgiving while offering great online sales all day. That way they can stay competitive and offer their employees and customers a day to spend with family. Merchants like Menards have stayed closed on Thanksgiving since their inception, last year REI completely boycotted Black Friday, and this year stores like Staples and Gamestop have said that they have no plans to open on Turkey Day.

On the completely opposite side of the spectrum, yesterday Macy's confirmed to Fortune that they'll be opening at 5PM on Thanksgiving. In fact, some of their stores will be open for a whopping 29 hours straight, starting at 5PM on Thanksgiving Day and running til 10PM on Black Friday. Of course, this sets a precedent for their competitors. We are eager to see how the likes of Walmart, Target, Best Buy, JCPenney, and Sears respond to the bar that Macy's has set. Back in September we showed you a rumor of Kohl's store hours, with a sign being tested in Milwaukee claiming a 6PM Thanksgiving start time this year. We are expecting other anchor stores to follow in the footsteps of Macy's and Kohl's, with some stores being open as early as 6AM on Thanksgiving (like Kmart was last year).

One great thing about all of this chaos? Whether stores are closed on Thanksgiving or they stay open, customers walk away with the win. The more competition between stores, the lower their prices get. With the scuffle starting so early this year, we are expecting to see more doorbusters, better deals, and a greater incentive to shop this Black Friday.

What do you think? Are you for or against Grey Thursday? Let us know in the comments below!

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