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See your 2014 Black Friday retail guide and cheat sheet

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Posted at 11:46 PM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-27 08:20:28-05

Alright shoppers, the retail extravaganza of the year is getting ready to start.  Some Black Friday sales start long before you have a chance to get into the Thanksgiving leftovers. In fact, a lot of the deals have already started online.

But many big sales will launch fresh for the long weekend of shopping. Each store name is linked to the retailer’s Black Friday ad or web page, so you can check out their promotions.

Wednesday
Toys R Us ( 10 p.m.), Radio Shack (11 p.m.) and other retailers will make deals available online.

Thursday play-by-play (click here to see open/close hours listed)

12 a.m.  At the stroke of midnight, good online sales start for Sears  Sam’s Club, Dick’s, Wal-Mart and other retailers.

6 a.m.  Kmart is the first big-box retailer to open its physical stores, a tradition in its 23rd year.

7 a.m. – Dollar GeneralBig Lots

8 a.m. – Family Dollar,  Radio Shack ( 8a.m. to noon then reopening from 5 a.m. to midnight)

4 p.m. – HHGreggMichael’sOld Navy (Willow Lawn)

5 p.m.  Best Buy, JCPenneySteinmartSearsDick’s  and Toys R Us open their physical stores.

6 p.m.  The next wave of big-box retailers, and malls opens their doors: Walmart, Target, Macy’s,SearsOffice  Max/Office DepotStaples and Kohl’s. Many local malls unofficially open and specialty apparel stores will open somewhere in this time frame.

Click here for local mall hours, almost all are open on Thanksgiving from 6 p.m. to midnight and Black Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a few exceptions.

8 p.m.  Wal-Mart is staggering its deals this year, so look for its big electronics event to kick off at this time.  (They have promotions available earlier, at 6 p.m.)

Remaining open from Thanksgiving opening through Black Friday

Macy’s at Regency, Old Navy, Walmart, Kohl’s, Target, Toys R Us, Rack Room Shoes at Commonwealth Centre,

Friday

Some retailers will be closing instead of remaining open all night. Over the years different retailers and locations have experimented with hours and determined a plan based on consumer demand and staffing.

1 a.m. Best Buy closes

2 a.m. Michael’s closes

6 a.m.  New round of deals at Wal-Mart and Kmart. Most area malls reopen. Rack Room, Staples.

7 a.m. Shortpump Mall reopens. Macy’s, HH Gregg, Michael’s reopen.

8 a.m.  Best Buy reopens

9 a.m.  Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Controlexcept Willow Lawn which opens at 7 a.m.

Throughout the morning:  Major retailers who stayed closed on Thanksgiving, including Home Depot, Nordstrom, Burlington Coat Factory, Dillards, and Lowe’s, will open their doors.

Here are some Black Friday deals to skip. Here are some tips and myths about Black Friday. Remember, the best Black Friday deals need some research. Come up with a plan of what you want to buy and then use websites like Pricechecker.com and Pricegrabber.com to help you find the best deals.

One must-have is the Google mobile shopper app which lets you scan barcodes and look online for deals. Don’t forget coupon codes. Retailmenot.com or Couponcabin.com are a must for online shopping to help you find coupon codes. Don’t buy anything online without checking these sites.

Also, don’t forget about Small Business Saturday. 

Stores with deals are below.  Other Black Friday leaked ads include: