Everything you need to know to prepare for battle on Black Friday
Black Friday (or Black Thursday, as it were these days) is upon us. None of us Deal Divas are very into this tradition, because although we enjoy a good bargain, we might enjoy cornbread stuffing and brandy-laced egg nog all the more. Also, we have a lot of Hallmark Christmas movies to watch.
Still, some of you enjoy the battle, we know. The Times' ace business reporter Justine Griffin has been working hard on the Black Friday beat, bringing you everything you need to know. Here's her story taking a look behind the scenes of preparation at Best Buy. Here's a personal essay from Justine about being in the trenches of Black Friday shopping (see above: Mel Gibson). Here's a story predicting that things could be kind of flat this year. Some stores are all, "LOLNO," about opening on Thursday. But Best Buy, Toys 'R Us and Target are still trying to make Black Friday happen, in the manner of "fetch."
Follow along at our live blog through Cyber Monday and use the hashtag #tampabayshops to have your own Black Friday experiences captured on our site. For now, here are some stores and hours to get you started.
8 a.m.: RadioShack (also offering deals Wednesday)
3 p.m.: JCPenney
4 p.m.: hhgregg, Old Navy
5 p.m.: Toys "R" Us, Best Buy
6 p.m.: Walmart, Target, Sears, Kohl's, Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Bealls, Sports Authority, Five Below, Tampa Premium Outlets, Tyrone Square Mall
7 p.m. Kmart
5 a.m.: Westfield Brandon mall, Westfield Citrus Park, Westfield Countryside, Lowes, GameStop
6 a.m.: Staples, Bed Bath & Beyond, Tyrone Square Mall
7 a.m.: Sam's Club, Big Lots, BJ's Wholesale
8 a.m.: Nordstrom (some stores open later), Best Buy (reopens), the Shops at Wiregrass
9 a.m.: Costco Wholesale