Bargain-hungry shoppers may have to eat a turkey sandwich in line while waiting to score hot deals on Thanksgiving day.
Sawgrass Mills, BrandsMart U.S.A. and Walmart announced Tuesday that their stores will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, continuing this year's trend to make shopping a part of the holiday meal.
"We're matching the mall's hours," says Bobby Johnson, chief operating officer of Brandsmart, the 13-store electronics and appliance retailer based in Hollywood. "BrandsMart at Sawgrass Mills was one of the first stores to open at midnight. But now Black Friday is a thing of the past. Thursday shopping is now a holiday in and of itself, minus the turkey." Other Brandsmart stores will open at 10 p.m. Thursday.
The 350-store outlet mall announced Tuesday it will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, two hours earlier than what the mall had announced in mid-October.
Boca Raton-based Office Depot will open many South Florida stores for three hours from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving and reopen at 8 a.m. on Black Friday. Best Buy will open at 6 p.m., handing out tickets to those in line at 4 p.m.
Most retailers, including Target, Office Max, Macy's, JC Penney's, Kohl's and Sears, will open at 8 p.m. Nov. 28. Kmart is opening at 6 a.m. and Toys R Us will open at 5 p.m.
Retailers are offering doorbuster deals on Apple iPad Minis to diamond earrings, to lure shoppers away from their holiday tables.
Many stores plan to offer additional deals on Black Friday, too.
"We will have the same specials and inventory on flat-screen TVs, tablets and computers as last year, so I'm sure they'll be lining up well before the opening" Johnson says.
The retailer now sells furniture, too. "We'll have great deals on couches and mattresses, too," Johnson says. "There are going to be some fantastic buys."