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Black Friday shopping guide for the Finger Lakes

Black Friday.

The words draw mixed reviews. A trend that started during the early-morning hours of the Friday following Thanksgiving — has morphed into a shopping experience that starts late-in-the-day on Thursday.

As brick-and-mortar retailers began competing directly with online retailers for their dollars — ‘opening’ times for ‘Black Friday’ became late-afternoon, and even some early-afternoon openings on Thursday.

The trend has become a bit of a bell curve over the years. While stores and shopping centers have seen more shoppers move away from brick-and-mortar — opting for online options — hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday have become more complicated.

Waterloo Premium Outlets located in Junius, will do what many other retailers are doing this year. They will open on Thanksgiving for a period of time, close, and then re-open early on Black Friday.

Large chains present a mixed bag of schedules. Some will open early — like Walmart, Target, and others. While some will stay closed entirely until the next day.

“Best Black Friday,” which is viewed as the authority on opening and closing times for major chains and retailers conducted a survey of American, adult shoppers in September. They asked a simple question:

How do you feel about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day?

The results showed that only 5.6 percent of shoppers ‘Strongly Favor’ stores opening on Thanksgiving Day. Only 10.62 percent ‘Favor It’, while another 26.25 percent feel ‘Indifferent’ about it. The survey found that 20.66 percent ‘Dislike It’, and another 36.87 percent ‘Strongly Dislike’ it.

It means 57.53 percent of respondents don’t like the idea of stores opening on Thanksgiving. Compared to the 16.22 percent of respondents who favored it — the stores staying closed on the holiday are earning a little positive press from shoppers.

Want to get a head start on the Black Friday ads that will be in newspapers on Thursday? Simply click on the store name below in the hours listing for each day and you will be taken to the Black Friday 2017 ad.

Thanksgiving Day Hours

Malls

Waterloo Premium Outlets: 6 pm – midnight
Eastview Mall: Closed (some stores inside may open)
Marketplace Mall: Closed (some stores inside may open)
GreeceRidge Mall: Closed (some stores inside may open)
Fingerlakes Mall: Closed (completely)
Destiny USA: 8 pm – 1 am (will re-open on Black Friday)

Stores

Bass Pro Shops: 8 am – 6 pm
Best Buy: 5 pm – 1 am
Big Lots: 7 am – TBA
Cabela’s: 8 am – 6 pm
Dick’s Sporting Goods: 6 pm – 2 am
Five Below: 6 pm – 1 am
Gamestop: 4 pm – 10 pm
JCPenney: 2 pm – 12 am
Kohl’s: 5 pm – 12 am
Macy’s: 5 pm – 2 am
Michael’s: 6 pm – 12 am
Sears: 6 pm – 12 am
Target: 6 pm – 12 am
Toys R Us: 5 pm – 12 am
Ulta: 6 pm – 2 am
Value City Furniture: 6 pm – 12 am
Walmart: 6 pm – 12 am

Check out the complete store list here

Black Friday Hours

Malls

Waterloo Premium Outlets: 6 am – 10 pm
Eastview Mall: 6 am – 10 pm
Marketplace Mall: 6 am – 10 pm
GreeceRidge Mall: 6 am – 10 pm
Fingerlakes Mall: 5 am – 9 pm
Destiny USA: 6 am – 11 pm

Stores

A.C. Moore: 5 am
BJ’s: 7 am
Babies R Us: 6 am
Home Depot: 6 am
HomeGoods: 7 am
L.L. Bean: 7 am / 6 am – Varies by location
Lowe’s: 6 am
Marshalls: 7 am
OfficeMax/Office Depot: 7:45 am
PetSmart: 7 am
Raymour & Flanigan: 8 am
Staples: 7 am
T.J. Maxx: 7 am
Talbots: 7 am
Tractor Supply: 6 am
Von Maur: 9 am
Bed Bath & Beyond: 6 am
Christmas Tree Shops: 6 am
Fleet Feet: 8 am
Herb Philipson’s: 6 am
Jos. A. Bank: 8 am
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet: 5 am
Petco: 7 am
Runnings: 5 am

Don’t see the store you’ll be visiting on our list? Don’t see a clickable link on the store ad you’d like to see? Check out the below resource, which will allow you to search an entire database for the Black Friday ad of every store opening.

Complete list of ads available for Black Friday

Also on FingerLakes1.com