Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) is the busiest shopping day of the year around Reno and Sparks. In 2014, it will be on November 28. Most big stores and shopping malls will be open early and stay open for extended hours. Reno and Sparks shoppers will find lots of bargains on all kinds of merchandise as retailers try to make the best of the holiday shopping season. If you have the money and get out early, you'll undoubtedly find some extra good bargains as stores slash prices to move the merchandise.
Black Friday has turned into Black November. Retailers have been aggressively pushing bargains and trying to lure shoppers since the end of October. Not only will you find major deals in the stores well before Black Friday, you'll also find online shopping to be burgeoning with bargains and incentives like free shipping. Check around online and you may not even want to fight the mall wars on Black Friday.
And how about if we send these big retail corporations a message and don't shop on Thanksgiving Day. The creeping trend to open on the holiday rather than waiting until Friday is getting worse each year. The only way it will stop is if shoppers simply don't cooperate. Let's enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends and let employees of these stores do the same.
Big box stores aren't the only choice for Black Friday shopping, nor do they necessarily have what you are looking for. Locally owned Reno-area stores are certainly worth a look during the holiday shopping season. Another significant plus to spending your money in hometown stores is that money spent in the Truckee Meadows stays in the Truckee Meadows. It circulates around the area with a multiplier effect, benefiting the economy here rather than being siphoned off to anonymous corporations in other states and countries.
Learn more about locally owned businesses from the Buy Local Reno Sparks.com.
Black Friday Shopping in Reno's MidTown District - Shop local this Black Friday in the MidTown District. Some 35 MidTown merchants will be offering special deals during this event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers will have quite a selection, ranging from food and drink to books, music, spa services, gift items at the Nevada Museum of Art, and much more. This is an event in support of the Washoe County School District's Children in Transition Program. To get the deals, shoppers are asked to donate $20 or a new pair of children's boots or shoes.
For more information about the deals and participating merchants, visit Creative Coalition of MidTown.
Small Business Saturday is November 29, 2014. This is a day dedicated to supporting the small local businesses in our community and across the country. Small Business Saturday is sponsored by American Express. Small business owners in the Reno / Sparks area can get free marketing materials to participate.
It's a real mixed bag with Black Friday (or Thursday in some cases) store opening times. If you are interested in a particular retailer, I suggest getting online or calling to confirm their Black Friday hours. Individual store hours within malls may vary from the opening times of the entire shopping center.
Meadowood Mall in Reno - Open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day evening, then open 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Black Friday. After that, there will be extended holiday hours leading up to Christmas. Whether or not to be open is up to individual stores, but Sears, Macy's, and J.C. Penney will all be open.
The Outlets at Sparks - The Moonlight Magic event starts at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and lasts until 2 a.m. on Black Friday. There will be big sales, drawings for gift cards and store prizes given away to lucky shoppers. A similar Moonlight Magic event will be on Black Friday, same time and details. Regular Black Friday hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Summit Reno - The Summit kicks off the holiday season with the Lights Up! event on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive and there will be a tree lighting and fireworks. The Summit will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, though some individual stores will be open. Black Friday will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. with various events, including $3000 worth of gift cards given away during drawings throughout the day.
Shopper's Square Mall in Reno - The annual "Magic of Christmas Parade" and arrival of Santa start at 11 a.m. on Black Friday. There will be entertainment, pictures with Santa, and shopping specials throughout the mall. Regular mall hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There will be extended hours through the holidays season.
Black Friday Hours for Major Reno and Sparks Stores
Note that for stores with multiple locations in the Truckee Meadows, hours at individual store may vary. To make sure the store you want to visit will actually be open, call ahead to confirm. I was unable to determine Black Friday hours for stores that aren't listed. Some are located in shopping centers like those listed above.
- Best Buy - opens at 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, then 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
- Cabela's - closed Thanksgiving. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Black Friday.
- Kohl's - 6 p.m. Thanksgiving to midnight on Black Friday.
- Target - opens at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day until 11 p.m. on Black Friday.
- Walmart - open all day on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Special sales starting at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and at 6 a.m. on Black Friday.
- Black Friday in Midtown Reno - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Black Friday.
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