Forget Black Friday. Major merchants are racing to see who can open earliest on Black Thursday.
Kmart has taken the lead this year, opening at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Toys R Us pulls into second place with a start time of 9 p.m., one hour earlier than 2010. Walmart takes third, opening at 10 p.m. on Turkey Day.
Doesn't anybody "Respect the Bird" anymore?
For those willing to brave crowds on a turkey-filled stomach or rise well before dawn, here is a list of opening hours for 15 major merchants, along with a special deal each is offering. Keep in mind that hours are subject to change and some states don't allow stores to open on Thanksgiving Day. For a comprehensive guide to Black Friday store openings and hours, check out CouponSherpa.com.
Ace Hardware - Midnight Friday
Enter to win a Craftsman 5-drawer Tool Center.
A.C. Moore - 5 a.m. Friday
Free $10 gift card to the first 50 customers.
Bealls - Midnight Friday
First 100 customers per store have a chance to win an iPad2, $250 gift card or $5 Bealls Bucks.
Best Buy - Midnight Friday
Best Buy will distribute entry tickets up to two hours before midnight.
Half Price Books - 7 a.m. Friday
First 100 people per store receive a tote bag and $5 gift card.
JCPenney - 4 a.m. Friday
Free collectible Disney snow globe, while supplies last.
Kmart - 6 a.m. Thanksgiving
Earn 20 bonus points for every $1 spent (twice the normal amount).
Macy's - 4 a.m. Friday
Shop online all day Thanksgiving.
Office Max - 6 a.m. Friday
Save $15 on a $100 VISA or MasterCard gift card.
Kohl's - Midnight Friday
Receive $15 Kohl's cash for every $50 you spend, through Nov. 27, with coupon from Black Friday flier.
Old Navy - 9 a.m. Thanksgiving and midnight Friday
Free Kodak Easyshare Sport waterproof digital camera bundle with $40 purchase (while supplies last).
Rite Aid - 7 a.m. Thanksgiving (at select stores) through 11:59 p.m. Friday
$10 reward when you buy a $50 Home Improvement gift card.
Sears - 4 a.m. Friday
Pick up a Real Deal Coupon Book with over $3,000 in savings that start Nov. 27 (while quantities last).
Sports Authority - 5 a.m. Friday
First 80 people in line at each Sports Authority receive Bonus Bucks valued between $10 and $500.
Target - Midnight to 11 p.m. Friday
Learn about unadvertised deals by texting "MORE TVs" to "Target."
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