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Which stores are opening first for Black Friday sales?

Retail stores are racing to see who can open earliest for this year’s Black Friday sales, with some opening on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day.

Best Buy 2 IMG_0445_2Kmart is taking the lead this year, opening at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. Toys R Us is in second place with a start time of 9 p.m., one hour earlier than 2010. Wal-Mart takes third, opening at 10 p.m. on the big Turkey Day.

Here is a list of opening hours for 15 major merchants from, along with a special deal each is offering. Remember that hours are subject to change and some states don't allow stores to open on Thanksgiving Day. For a detailed guide to Black Friday store openings and hours, check out

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."

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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