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Major retailers to open early, offer huge savings

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(RNN) - This year's Black Friday won't be for the faint of heart, as retailers open their doors earlier than ever.

At 3 a.m. Friday, Kohl's will let shoppers enter its doors; at 4 a.m. Target will follow suit with its earliest-ever opening for the retail industry's biggest day of the year.

But few retailers will open their doors as early as Toys "R" Us.

"We're planning our biggest Black Friday ever," said Jerry Storch, the company's chairman and CEO in a news release. "Beginning with our stores opening at 10 p.m. on Thursday night, we're ready to provide customers with more hours to shop, more ways to save and more of the hottest toys."

Toys "R" Us

The toy retailer will offer more than $11,000 in combined, weekend-long savings to those eager to fill Santa's wish list.

The company will also have many giveaways, including 250,000 colors and coloring books it will distribute nationwide, and free gift-with-purchase offers.

Doorbuster deals lasting until 1 p.m. Friday (and while supplies last) include: $50 gift cards with iPod touch; select Wii and Nintendo DS games for $9.99; and half-off Vtech learning laptops.

There will also be special promotions for those shoppers arriving from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday. These include: half off Liv Fashion Dolls with Pet Dogs; 40 percent off select video game controllers for WII, Xbox 360, and Playstation; and $40 off guitar Hero Warrior of Rock for Wii.

All day specials include 50 percent off medical kits from Fisher-Price and select Crayola arts and craft sets. There is also a buy-one-get-one-free offer on personalized mugs, water bottles and sippy cups.

Also special on Black Friday: Toys "R" Us will be the only company offering Justin Bieber Singing and Style Figures for your pop star fan.

[Click here to read a press release about the toy company's deals]


The value department store's CEO said his company has worked hard to address the needs of holiday shoppers in an uncertain economy.

"Holiday shoppers want to give quality, stylish gifts this year, even as they are taking a responsible, resourceful approach to shopping," said store spokesman Kevin Mansell. "Despite an uncertain economy, Kohl's remains committed to ensuring our customers have a great holiday season by offering an unparalleled combination of incredible savings opportunities, industry-leading policies and customer conveniences."

And in doing so, Kohl's has upped the ante to 400 early bird specials, topping last year's selection of 300. Highlights include $34.99 cashmere sweaters for misses and 15 percent off all fine fragrances, all of which can be purchased beginning at 3 a.m.

Parents will also be happy to hear about the retailer's children's specials: 50 percent off the entire stock of toys from Fisher-Price, Playskool, Barbie, Littlest Pet Shop, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, Tonka, Little Tikes, Crayola, and Play-Doh.

[Preview more sale items here]


A representative from the store, Jenna Reck, said Target is very "well prepared" for all of its anticipated Black Friday shoppers.

Customers eager for the best deals can bust through Target's doors beginning at 4 a.m. All shoppers arriving prior to 10 a.m. will receive a $10 gift card when they purchase $100 worth of items.

Doorbusters, which are available while supplies last, include a $79 TomToms and Nikon Coolpix cameras; a $67 Wii Fit Bundle; a $59 Casio Keyboard; a $9 Dirt Devil Stick vacuum; $3 Chef Mate appliances; and a free $30 gift card with purchase of 60GB iPod touch. There are also a wide variety of winter coats and sweaters that can be purchased for $10 or less.

[Click here to view Target's full Thanksgiving Day ad]

Best Buy

On Black Friday, Best Buy will open its doors at 5 a.m.

Doorbusters the electronics powerhouse touts on the front-page of its Thanksgiving ad include: A Nintendo Wii gaming system for $169.99, a Toshiba Blu-Ray disc player for $59.99, a Samsung Fascinate phone for $1 (with two-year activation plan)and a Barnes & Noble Nook eReader for $99.99. The retailer is also offering 50 percent off a washer/dryer pair from LG - a savings of $1,000.

For your viewing pleasure, Best Buy has some great deals to help you put a home theater under your tree. On a 55-inch Samsung TV, the retailer will offer $1,000 in savings. Select DVDs, including "The Blind Side" and "The Hangover," will be bottom-priced at $3.99. Popular TV series will also be on sale. Seasons one of the Emmy Award-winning series "Glee" and "Modern Family" will sell at $19.99, and seasons one through three of "Mad Men" will be at the rock-bottom price of $9.99.

There are also great deals on Apple products. A purchase of a Mac Book Pro or iMac All-in-One comes with a $125 best Buy gift card. And $50 iTunes cards will sell below face-value at $40.

To see the complete list of items, which includes more deals like a $199.99 Xbox 360 complete with three Lego-themed games, click here.

[Click here to read Best Buy's Black Friday survival guide]

[Click here to view Best Buy's Thanksgiving Day ad]


Walmart's Black Friday deals will begin at the stroke of midnight and will roll out a second round of discounts at 5 a.m.

Midnight discounts, while supplies last, include $4 Zhu Zhu pets, $9 Wrangler Jeans for Men, and $199 Nintendo Wii systems, which come with a $50 Walmart gift card.  Select Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii video games, including Madden NFL 11 and Modern Warfare 2, will be on sale for $29.

More than 90 DVD's, including Lord of the Rings and Ice Age, will be $1.96. More than 60 Blu-titles will be on sale for $5. 

At 5 a.m., several electronics go on sale while supplies last. Sales include Nintendo DS Lite for $89, an Emerson 32-inch LCD HDTV for $198 and a 15.6-inch HP Laptop for $298.

If you're looking for a new camera, a 14 megapixel Kodak C183 digital camera will run you $59.

A Sansui 19 inch LCD HDT will be on sale for $98. A Magnavox Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player with $10 free VUDU movie credits will cost $69 and a Tom GPS XL 335 SE GPS will be on sale for $59.

[Click here to view your local Walmart ad]

Barnes & Noble

The world's largest bookseller is offering several Black Friday specials. Some of the highlights include: 50 percent off select books and deluxe cookbooks; 30 percent off Siege Larsson's Millennium Trilogy Deluxe Boxed Set; 20 percent off all items on the Harry Potter table; and 30 to 50 percent off hundreds of DVDs. Promotions will last through Nov. 29.

The retailer will also offer a free $10 gift card with every purchase of $100 in gift card purchases, online and in stores through Dec. 6.

A coupon for 30 percent off one item will be redeemable from Wednesday, Nov.24 through Sunday, Nov. 28.

The first 25 customers who make a $50 purchase on Black Friday will receive a free one-year membership ($25 value).

[Click here to read the Black Friday press release from Barnes & Noble]


K-mart door busters begin at 5 a.m. and include a Zenith 42-inch class plasma HDTV for $399.99, a $150 savings. 

A diamond accent pendant, originally $39.99, is on sale for $9.99.

For the home improvement buff on your gift list, you can pick up a Craftsman C3 19.2V drill for 49.99.

For your little ones, all Thomas the Tank Engine and Imagine toys are buy two, get one free.

If winter wear is on your Christmas list, a Route 66 men's bomber jacket, originally $69.99, will be on sale for $19.99 and an Attention women's wool pea coat, originally $99.99, will cost $19.99.

[Check out the retailer's Thanksgiving Day specials here]

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