NEW JERSEY - Just like most things about 2020, Black Friday looks very differently. Gone are the marathon shopping hours starting on Thanksgiving and running into Black Friday. Many large retailers like Macy's, J.C. Penney, Best Buy and Target are actually closed today for Thanksgiving, but are pushing their early Black Friday deals online instead. On Friday, retailers are ready to move into the holiday shopping season in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the rising number of cases across the nation. Many shoppers enjoy heading out into the fray on Black Friday to snag deals on the gifts on their holiday list. Hours of local malls may vary, but here is a list of major NJ retailers and their shopping hours for Black Friday 2020.
- Barnes & Noble - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Bed, Bath & Beyond - 6 a.m.
- Best Buy - 5 a.m. to 10 p .m.
- Burlington - 7 a.m.
- Dick's Sporting Goods - 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Five Below - 8 a.m.
- GameStop - 7 a.m.
- Hobby Lobby - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- HomeGoods - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- J.C. Penney - 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Kohl's - 5 a.m.
- Macy's - 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.
- Marshalls - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Michaels - 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- PetSmart - 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Target - 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- T.J. Maxx - 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Walmart - 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Small businesses took a major hit during the Garden State's lockdown this spring. Saturday, November 28 marks the 10th anniversary of Small Business Saturday. American Express pioneered the first Small Business Saturday on November 27, 2010 to promote small businesses and encourage shoppers to head to local downtowns to shop for their holiday presents. In 2011, Small Business Saturday got a boost from President Barack Obama. Today, most savvy shoppers know about Small Business Saturday on Thanksgiving weekend. If not, this is certainly the year to show local businesses a little love.