Black Friday/Thanksgiving Day Store Opening Times & Hours

My, how time flies! Did you realize we are less than 6 weeks away from Black Friday? This year’s biggest and busiest shopping day happens on Friday, November 28. Stores open earlier and earlier each year.

For 2013, several “big box” retailers and some shopping malls jumped the gun by opening during the evening hours on Thanksgiving. This attracted many shoppers, as expected. However, this action also received some backlash by those who feel stores should remain closed on Thanksgiving Day so people can spend the day with friends and family. Here’s the list of stores which will once again open on Thanksgiving in 2014.

Best Buy will open at 6:00PM on Thanksgiving evening. Stores will close later Thanksgiving evening, then reopen on Black Friday with additional sales and special promotions.

Kmart will open at 8:00AM on Thanksgiving morning. Stores will remain open continuously throughout the night and into Black Friday.

Macy’s will open at 6:00PM on Thanksgiving evening. Stores will close later Thanksgiving evening, then reopen on Black Friday with additional sales and special promotions.

Walmart will open at 6:00PM on Thanksgiving evening. Stores will close later Thanksgiving evening, then reopen on Black Friday with additional sales and special promotions. For Walmart stores that are already open on Thanksgiving, the doorbuster deals will be available at 6:00PM.


Harbor Freight Tools will open at 7:00AM on Black Friday.

Now is the time to start putting your Black Friday and “Gray Thursday” shopping plan together. We will be posting additional store opening times and hours of operation as soon as we receive the information. You can never start too early when it comes to Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping! Be sure to bookmark HolidayShoppingHours.com and check back soon!

Harbor Freight Tools Black Friday 2014 Opening Time & Hours

Harbor Freight Tools has just announced their Black Friday opening time. Stores will open at 7:00AM on Friday, November 28. Harbor Freight Track Club members will be allowed to enter 1 hour earlier.

The Harbor Freight Tools Black Friday sale will actually take place over 3 days: Friday, November 28; Saturday, November 29; and Sunday, November 30. Additional deals are expected for Cyber Monday, December 1. But of course, the best bargains will happen early in the morning on 11/28. I would suggest getting to Harbor Freight when the doors open at 7AM (or 6AM if you’re a member.)

Walmart Black Friday 2014 Opening Time & Hours

Walmart has not yet announced it’s opening time for Black Friday 2014. However, Walmart has announced they will be opening at 6:00PM on Thanksgiving evening. For those stores already open on Thanksgiving, the Walmart doorbuster special promotions will be available at 6:00PM. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back. We will update with Black Friday hours for November 28 as soon as they are announced.

Macy’s Black Friday 2014 Opening Time & Hours

Macy’s has not yet announced it’s opening time for Black Friday 2014. However, Macy’s has announced they will be opening at 6:00PM on Thanksgiving evening. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back. We will update with Black Friday hours for November 28 as soon as they are announced.

Kmart Black Friday 2014 Opening Time & Hours

Kmart has not yet announced it’s opening time for Black Friday 2014. However, Kmart has announced they will be opening at 8:00AM Thanksgiving morning. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back. We will update with Black Friday hours for November 28 as soon as they are announced.

Best Buy Black Friday 2014 Opening Time & Hours

Best Buy has not yet announced it’s opening time for Black Friday 2014. However, Best Buy has announced they will be opening at 6:00PM on Thanksgiving evening. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back. We will update with Black Friday hours for November 28 as soon as they are announced.

Canada Stores & Malls: Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day?

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Thanksgiving Day?” That depends on where you are. Stores and malls in some provinces are allowed to open. In other provinces, retailers are required to remain closed on October 13.

I am by no means an expert on this. But here are the rules as I understand them and to the best of my knowledge:

ALBERTA: There are no laws in Alberta which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Alberta will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: There are no laws in British Columbia which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across British Columbia will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. There are exceptions for certain retailers in Winnipeg and Brandon. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants outside of Winnipeg and Brandon will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: There are no laws in the Northwest Territories which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across the Northwest Territories will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.

NUNAVUT: There are no laws in Nunavut which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nunavut will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

ONTARIO: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Exceptions: flower shops, gas stations, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, and book or magazine stores with 3 or less employees and of 2,400 square feet or less. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Ontario will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Yes, this DOES include LCBO and Beer Stores, so plan ahead for the holiday!

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: Provincial law allows most retailers to be open on Thanksgiving Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Quebec will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

SASKATCHEWAN: There are no laws in Saskatchewan which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays, providing they are normally open on Sundays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Saskatchewan will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

YUKON: There are no laws in the Yukon which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Yukon will be OPEN on Thanksgiving Day.

As always, be sure to give a friendly call to your favorite store or mall to confirm holiday holiday hours of operation before venturing out on Monday, October 13. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Thanksgiving Day, Canada!

Most Stores & Restaurants Open Regular Hours on Grandparents’ Day

For 2014, Grandparents’ Day is on Sunday, September 7th. Since this is not a major holiday, nearly all stores, restaurants, and shopping malls will be open with normal hours of operation. There will be special sales and promotions at some locations, however. Grandparents’ Day only happens once a year. So, be sure to remember your grandparents and do something nice for them this Sunday.

Is it Open or Closed on Labor Day?

For 2014, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st. Before you head out to the stores and restaurants, it’s a good idea to check and see whether they are open or closed! Most eateries, shopping centers, and malls are open on Labor Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Other businesses may be closed entirely on Labor Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed:

BANKS – CLOSED

BARS & CLUBS – OPEN

BIG BOX STORES – OPEN (Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sports Authority, etc.)

CASUAL RESTAURANTS – OPEN (Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chevy’s, Red Lobster, HuHot, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Hut, Montana Mike’s, Lone Star Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Perkins, Denny’s, etc.)

CONVENIENCE STORES – OPEN (7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey’s, QuikTrip, etc.) – OPEN. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS – OPEN (Arby’s, Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Captain D’s, White Castle, Krystal, Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, A&W, Chipotle, etc.)

GROCERY STORES – OPEN (Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Cub Foods, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Food 4 Less, Albertsons, Safeway, Price Chopper, Von’s, Fred Meyer, Food Lion, Gerbes, Dillons, H-E-B., Ingles, Q.F.C., Hy-Vee, etc.) – most locations will be OPEN. However, some may be operating with reduced hours. An exception is ALDI. All ALDI stores will be CLOSED on Labor Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES – CLOSED. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Labor Day.

LIQUOR STORES – This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Labor Day while others do not.

MOVIE THEATERS – OPEN (AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc.) Some theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled on Labor Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES – OPEN (Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc.) These stores are almost always open. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores also have varying hours of operation during the Labor Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) – CLOSED

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES – OPEN (JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Younkers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Bergners, Nordstrom, etc.)

SCHOOLS – CLOSED

If you’re not sure, call the store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving the house. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite eating or shopping place is closed on Labor Day. Be smart out there. Plan ahead and have a great holiday weekend!

Canada Stores & Malls: Open or Closed on Labour Day?

“Are the stores and shopping malls in Canada open on Labour Day?” That’s a tricky question. Unlike Labor Day in the States where practically everything is open, provincial law dictates whether or not businesses may open on Labour Day. Stores and malls are allowed to open in some provinces while required to remain closed on Labour Day in others. Additionally, some cities and municipalities have special rules. For instance, retailers are generally not allowed to open in Manitoba unless they are located in Winnipeg. But only on some holidays. Are you confused? Me, too! Keep reading as I try to sort this all out for you.

I am by no means an expert on this. But here are the rules as I understand them and to the best of my knowledge:

ALBERTA: There are no laws in Alberta which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Alberta will be OPEN on Labour Day.

BRITISH COLUMBIA: There are no laws in British Columbia which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across British Columbia will be OPEN on Labour Day.

MANITOBA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The exception for Winnipeg (as described above) does NOT apply on Labour Day. So, most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Manitoba will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEW BRUNSWICK: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, New Brunswick Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across New Brunswick will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NEWFOUNDLAND/LABRADOR: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Memorial Day/Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Additionally, retailers in St. John’s and Harbour Grace are required to close on Regatta Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Newfoundland/Labrador will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES: There are no laws in the Northwest Territories which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across the Northwest Territories will be OPEN on Labour Day.

NOVA SCOTIA: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Remembrance Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nova Scotia will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

NUNAVUT: There are no laws in Nunavut which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Nunavut will be OPEN on Labour Day.

ONTARIO: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Exceptions: flower shops, gas stations, pharmacies under 7,500 square feet, and book or magazine stores with 3 or less employees and of 2,400 square feet or less. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Ontario will be CLOSED on Labour Day. Yes, this DOES include LCBO and Beer Stores, so plan ahead for the holiday!

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Islander Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across P.E.I. will be CLOSED on Labour Day. Also, don’t forget that most Prince Edward Island retailers are required by law to be closed on Sunday.

QUEBEC: Provincial law prohibits most retailers from being open on New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Christmas Day. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Quebec will be CLOSED on Labour Day.

SASKATCHEWAN: There are no laws in Saskatchewan which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays, providing they are normally open on Sundays. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Saskatchewan will be OPEN on Labour Day.

YUKON: There are no laws in the Yukon which prohibit retailers from being open on statutory holidays. If the store is located within a mall, the common rules of the shopping center must be followed. Most stores, shopping malls, and restaurants across Yukon will be OPEN on Labour Day.

As always, be sure to give a friendly call to your favorite store or mall to confirm holiday holiday hours of operation before venturing out. If you know of additions or exceptions to these rules, please share with us. Happy Labour Day, Canada!