Black Friday on Thanksgiving? At Walmart, Yes

The nation's largest retailer will roll out 2012 specials beginning at 8 p.m. on November 22.

Black Friday? That was SO 2010.

Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, will begin holiday shopping specials at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, which is Nov. 22, according its Black Friday release.

The retail giant started Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving in 2011, but at 10 p.m. Walmart has 170 locations in Georgia and employs more than 52,000 associates in the state.

The move to 8 p.m. could put more pressure on big-box retailers such as Target and Best Buy to push their own opening times earlier, according to Bizjournals.

The ad on Walmart.com lists Black Friday and Thanksgiving evening specials, which include a 16GB iPad 2 for $399 and 32-inch LCD TV for $148.

Are you glad to see Black Friday deals extended further into Black Thursday? Do you fight the crowds? Or do you feel that it's overkill? Tell us in the comments below.

Barbara Beck November 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM
They see more money if they open then.They could care less that some of their employees will miss part of their Thanksgiving.I look for them to stay open on Christmas if they could get anybody to work.
Wilton Towe November 13, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Barbara, they are already open during those hours. Christmas day is the only time the stores closes.
Randall Meadows November 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
personally I think people should boycott them and any store other than grocery or drug stores (needed stores) on a holiday like this. Its bad enough that they have turned the days following Thanksgiving into a crazed melee. Do they really need to usurp the actual holiday also?
Stevie Nicks November 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I have been boycotting Walmart for some time now. They do not treat their employees well, hire mostly part time so they don't have to offer benefits. They also have a history of abandoning property to build newer larger buildings. They reeled everyone in when they first expanded throughout the southeast by offering US made products but now import more crap from China than any other retailer. They do it need to bring a store tomHolly Springs. The heiress to the Sam Walton's fortune helped finance pro Amendment one side...WHY? Boycott Walmart...shop locally
Randall Meadows November 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM
It isn't just Walmart ... Target, Toys-R-Us, Tanger Outlets ... this list keeps growing. I don't go to Walmart either for the same basic reason's. I have seen small towns nearly wiped out after Wallyworld came in and then abandoned them after the Mom & Pop stores had to shut down.
Paula M November 14, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Stores shouldn't be open on holidays. Everyone deserves a time to rest and celebrate a day with friends and family. Since the employees at retail stores have no voice without fear of getting fired, it's up to us to let our objections to be heard. I try not to buy things made in China. It's nearly impossible. On a related rant...are we so used to being 'sold to' we don't even notice the 'in your face' signage everywhere. We don't get a holiday off from that either. Signs on every building, brightly lit. The signs might as well say, 'Buy all of our junk....made in China'. It exhausts me viewing all the visual sales clutter driving down the road or shopping in stores.
an annoyed shopper November 14, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Wal-mart's customer service really sucks. Most of the cashiers are rude, hateful or not polite. I go to K-Mart " yes Kmart may be higher priced, but they have the best customer service. I am really gonna hate it when they close down:(
Gatewood2002 November 15, 2012 at 02:37 AM
The ONLY reason ANY retailer is open on holidays is because people voluntarily go and shop. A retailer is in in exsistence for one reason...show a profit at the end of the year.
Stewart Johnson November 16, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I agree with Gatewood2002. If employees want bankers hours they should work at a bank.
Don November 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM
In my opinion, Walmart is the evil empire. Use the force and boycott Walmart this Christmas. There are many alternatives available for your holiday shopping. Sam Walton started the business with everything made in the USA. When he died his heirs changed to junk imported from countries with lax child labor laws and low wages. Walmart employees are paid little more than minimum wage, usually less than full time so they don't get medical insurance. If they do qualify for insurance, it's overpriced and poor coverage. Many Walmart workers rely on food stamps and use the emergency room as their primary healthcare. Shame on Walmart!
Deb P November 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Stores are only open during those times because people are willing to shop during those times. If they weren't turning a profit, they wouldn't open. I don't like it either, but it is part of the free market. Stores are doing whatever they can to make money.
Cindy Fortune Fletcher November 19, 2012 at 01:10 AM
much better quality at K-mart, and priced less on some items, also more products made in USA. My family will miss the store as well. At one time K-Mart was union, treating employee's with fairness. Wal-Mart is bad for our country, how much money do the billionair Waltons' need? Sad they wont share any with the hard working employees'. I refuse to shop at greed-mart. God bless America!
Cindy Fortune Fletcher November 19, 2012 at 03:01 AM
other stores have to follow suit just to servive because Wal-crook sets all the rules, there too big!
Cindy Fortune Fletcher November 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM
and now other stores have to buy crap from China to stay in business. boycott!
Cindy Fortune Fletcher November 19, 2012 at 03:09 AM
well said, and that's all fact!
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