Some Stores Are Still Uncertain About Staying Open on Black Friday

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As you know, the Black Friday shopping experience will probably not return to normal this year – at least, not completely. Big retailers like Walmart and Target have announced plans to keep stores closed on Thanksgiving Day, which is a huge break in tradition for early Black Friday shoppers. But don't worry, you're not missing out. Deals are not canceled – actually, online Black Friday sales are bigger (and better) than ever.

When is Black Friday 2021?

Black Friday is traditionally held the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 26 this year) but early Black Friday deals are happening now! Some retailers are giving head starts on savings by rolling out pre-Black Friday deals to get ahead of expected holiday shipping delays and supply chain issues. Amazon is already hosting daily deals including offers of up to 40% off Ninja air fryers and 35% off Apple AirPods.

Still, people want to know if they can visit stores in person this year, which is kind of a tricky question. Since the spike in COVID-19 cases from the Delta variant, some retailers can't confirm whether or not doors will remain open on the holiday quite yet.

What stores will be open on Black Friday 2021?

We predict that many in-store operations will look similar to last year's. We know that Walmart will be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year, but the retailer has not yet released its Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021 hours for November 26. Last year, Walmart stores opened at 5 a.m. on Black Friday with strict social distancing practices and online deals starting at 12 a.m.

See below for this year's expected Black Friday store hours based on last year's schedule. Of course, store hours are subject to vary by location, and while we wait for official times, it's always a good idea to call your local store or go on their website before you head out. We'll be updating this list accordingly as more retailers announce dates, so stay tuned!

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  • Ann Taylor: Stores open and close regular local hours.

  • Ashley Furniture: Doors open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

  • Apple: Stores open and close regular hours on Black Friday.

  • Banana Republic: Stores open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Barnes & Nobles: Stores open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

  • Bath & Body Works: Stores open and close regular hours. Call your local store for details.

  • Bed Bath & Beyond: Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving, but on Black Friday, they're open from 6 a.m. until 12 a.m.

  • Belk: Stores open at at 6 a.m. on Black Friday and close at 10 p.m.

  • Best Buy: Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving. On Black Friday, doors reopen again at 5 a.m.

  • Big Lots: Stores will open at 6 a.m.

  • BJ's Wholesale Club: Doors will open 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Bloomingdale's: Doors typically open 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Costco: Stores open on Black Friday at 9 a.m., but sales typically start in the beginning of November.

  • CVS: Stores run on normal hours, so check with your nearest location.

  • Dick's Sporting Goods: Stores open regular hours, but actual in-store deals start on November 18 for their 10-Day event.

  • Dilliard's: Select stores are usually open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

  • DSW: Stores open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

  • Fleet Farm: Stores open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

  • FYE Stores open regular hours on Black Friday, which vary by location.

  • GameStop: Doors open at 6 a.m. and closed at 10 p.m. on Black Friday.

  • Gap: Customers can shop as early as 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Guess: Hours begin at 7 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. on Black Friday.

  • Harbor Freight: Doors open at 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Hobby Lobby: Doors will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Home Depot: Doors will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday and close at regular local time.

  • HomeGoods: Doors open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Ikea: Stores are open regular hours on Black Friday, which vary by location.

  • JCPenney: Stores will operate during regular hours on Black Friday.

  • Kmart: Stores open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday,

  • Kohl's: Stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but doors will open 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Lord & Taylor: Doors will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Lowe's: Doors open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Macy's: Stores not open on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday hours will start at 6 a.m.

  • Marciano: Doors will open at 7 a.m. and close at 11 p.m.

  • Marshalls: Stores will be closed this Thanksgiving, but will reopen on Black Friday from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m.

  • Neiman Marcus: Doors open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Black Friday.

  • Nordstrom: Doors will open early as 8 a.m. in select stores.

  • Office Depot: Doors will open at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Old Navy: Stores open early depending on location and close 11 p.m. on Black Friday.

  • PetSmart: Doors open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • RiteAid: Stores open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Saks Fifth Avenue: Hours may vary by location, but most stores usually open at 8 a.m.

  • Sam's Club: Hours vary by club, but doors open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Sears: Stores open at 5 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Sephora: Opening times vary by location. Find your local store hours here.

  • Staples: Doors open at 7 a.m. on Black Friday.

  • Stop & Shop: Stores stay open during regular hours on Black Friday, but some states will close earlier this year. Call your local store to confirm.

  • Target: Stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Black Friday, doors will reopen, but you should check with your local store for specific times.

  • TJ Maxx: Stores will be closed Thanksgiving, but will reopen on Black Friday from 8 a.m. through 9 p.m.

  • Ulta: Black Friday store hours vary by location, but doors will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

  • Walgreens: Stores will be open during regular hours on Black Friday.

  • Walmart: The store will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday hours will start at 5 a.m. local time this year.

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