It looks like 52 percent of shoppers have already started their holiday shopping, according to a National Retail Federation survey.
However, several shoppers are holding off in order to capitalize on Thanksgiving day and Black Friday deals. If you're one of those shoppers, then here are the opening times for some of the area retailers:
- Target opens at 9 p.m.
- Kmart is featuring its Triple Doorbuster deals, starting Thursday morning. Official Black Friday shopping starts at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
- Walmart (nearest location in Woodbury) opens at 8 p.m.
- Woodbury Lakes: Michaels opens from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Jos. A. Bank opens at 10 p.m.; Maurices opens at 11 p.m.
- Best Buy
- Sports Authority
- Woodbury Lakes: Aeropostale, Eddie Bauer, Express, Gap, H&M, New York & Company, Victoria's Secret, White House | Black Market
- Kohl’s (Customers can submit a TwitPic of themselves in line at Kohl’s at 12 a.m. for a chance to win a $100 Kohl’s e-gift card.)
- Herberger's (nearest location in Stillwater)
- Mall of America: More than 100 stores will open at midnight.
- Maplewood Mall
- Woodbury Lakes: Kirkland's
- Woodbury Lakes: Banana Republic
- Bed Bath and Beyond
- Woodbury Lakes: Blissful Bath
If you're not an early bird, think of shopping in Stillwater. You don't have to get up at the break of dawn, leave Thanksgiving dinner early or camp out to snatch up a deal. In fact, it's discouraged.
"Wouldn't you rather sleep in on Friday, avoid the lines and the crush and still get some great deals," a Mainstreet Stillwater Facebook status update reads. "Head downtown Stillwater at 9 a.m. Friday for Sleepy Head Doorbusters!"
Alfresco owner Meg Brownson also had some fun with her Facebook page in the days before Black Friday.
"Special Announcement: Alfresco will open at 9 p.m. Thursday - oh - JK - we are opening at 9 a.m. Friday for Sleepyhead Downtown Doorbusters! So go ahead and have a good night's sleep! Then come downtown for CIVILIZED shopping with the indies who give character to your town! Grab a coffee at The Daily Grind Espresso Cafeand come watch Santa ROAR down Main Street at about 10:15 a.m.!!!"
Don't forget to check out Megan Palm's ongoing musings on all the great finds in downtown Stillwater by following The Daily Grind's Facebook page.
Of course, Black Friday is followed up by Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. If we've missed the opening of the big-box retailer you shop on Black Friday, please add it in the comments and let us know what's happening in Oakdale on Small Business Saturday.