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Walmart Plans to Have Its Earliest Black Friday Ever

The retail giant has said Black Friday will start at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Walmart has announced that it will begin running "Black Friday" sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the earliest time yet as the shopping holiday increasingly becomes "Black Thursday."

Although the retail giant did hold sales on Thanksgiving Day last year, they started later in the evening. The 8 p.m. push will be one of three sales "events" for Walmart with others occurring at 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next day. 

According to the St. Louis Business Journal, Walmart earns more than a quarter of its annual sales from the holiday season. The National Retail Federation is also expected a surge in spending from consumers, predicting that it will rise 4.1 percent compared to last year. 

A manager with the Walmart in Maplewood confirmed that they will be participating in the Black Friday events. 

What do you think? Are Black Friday specials getting out of hand and starting to replace the Thanksgiving holiday itself? Or do you enjoy the experience of the shopping rush and the potential deals?

Darcey Nixon November 15, 2012 at 01:36 PM
work at Walmart, my normal working shift is 10pm to 7am, at our store we are required to work 6pm Thanksgiving evening to 6am friday morning, after getting off thursday morning at 7am. Corporate greed has ruined families, and they do not care!! All these corporations care about is their bottom line. We need to put a stop to this, were will it end?

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